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Employment in casinos, third quarter 2014

June 10, 2015

In September 2014, there were about 362,000 employees in private casinos and casino hotels in the United States. Casino hotels in Nevada employed around 184,000 people, far more than any other state. However, 20 additional states also had significant employment in casinos and casino hotels. Indiana led the states in employment and average weekly wages in casinos, except casino hotels (11,916 employees and $595, respectively).

Employment and average weekly wage in casinos, except casino hotels, by state, third quarter 2014
State September 2014 employment Average weekly wage Relative concentration of employment (location quotient)

California

11,999 $588 1.1

Colorado

2,257 637 1.4

Florida

1,456 615 0.3

Georgia

101 409 0.0

Illinois

6,541 709 1.7

Indiana

11,916 595 6.2

Iowa

2,268 546 2.2

Kansas

1,749 677 1.9

Louisiana

8,722 526 6.8

Maryland

5,273 654 3.1

Mississippi

3,461 529 4.7

Montana

19 226 0.1

Nevada

7,751 470 9.6

New Mexico

913 478 1.7

New York

1,679 689 0.3

North Carolina

13 974 0.0

Ohio

7,191 661 2.1

Pennsylvania

8,785 693 2.3

South Dakota

520 458 1.9

Texas

57 380 0.0

Note: excludes states with suppressed employment and wages

Nevada had the highest share of employment (location quotient) in casino hotels, at 77.2. Mississippi had the second highest location quotient (8.0). On average, employees at casino hotels in Michigan had the highest weekly wages at $762.

Employment and average weekly wage in casino hotels, by state, third quarter 2014
State September 2014 employment Average weekly wage Relative concentration of employment (location quotient)

California

412 $573 0.0

Colorado

3,107 676 0.7

Florida

726 401 0.1

Illinois

557 522 0.1

Iowa

7,178 528 2.4

Louisiana

8,019 625 2.1

Michigan

7,404 762 0.9

Mississippi

17,436 612 8.0

Nevada

184,502 709 77.2

New Jersey

25,337 696 3.3

North Carolina

80 314 0.0

Pennsylvania

5,478 718 0.5

South Dakota

1,212 479 1.5

West Virginia

5,503 642 3.9

Note: excludes states with suppressed employment and wages.

From September 2013 to September 2014, Florida saw the largest percentage increases in casino employment. For casinos, except casino hotels, employment grew from 564 employees to 1,456 employees (a 158.2-percent increase). For casino hotels, employment rose from 328 employees to 726 employees (121.3 percent). Nevada employment in casino hotels went from 177,077 in September 2013 to 184,502 in September 2014 (4.2 percent).

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program. For more information on location quotients and analysis for other areas, use the Location Quotient Calculator. For more information about casino and other industry employment, see the QCEW data viewer tool.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment in casinos, third quarter 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/employment-in-casinos-third-quarter-2014.htm (visited November 13, 2019).

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