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Trends in casino employment from 2001 to 2018

January 13, 2020

From 2001 to 2018, employment in privately owned casino hotels remained fairly steady but fell 29 percent in privately owned casinos without hotels. In casinos without hotels that were owned by local government—mostly Native American tribes—employment increased 34 percent from 2001 to 2012. These casinos lost 20 percent of their employment from 2012 to 2018, however. In casino hotels owned by local government, employment rose nearly 600 percent from 2001 to 2018.

 Number of employees in casino hotels and casinos without hotels, 2001–18 annual averages
Year Local government owned casino hotels Privately owned casino hotels Local government owned casinos without hotels Privately owned casinos without hotels

2001

11,992 284,651 98,246 112,665

2002

16,372 278,148 101,683 107,141

2003

26,929 277,285 110,928 102,511

2004

31,395 275,341 118,112 99,544

2005

36,176 285,786 122,512 98,767

2006

36,846 282,889 124,551 94,766

2007

38,976 280,669 130,144 98,323

2008

42,939 274,090 132,231 97,033

2009

48,981 256,564 132,595 85,243

2010

47,293 257,405 131,940 83,093

2011

48,323 263,445 131,362 87,821

2012

51,709 262,330 132,768 90,687

2013

57,028 266,095 125,984 89,052

2014

58,585 267,753 123,757 89,767

2015

60,128 265,754 120,784 86,184

2016

63,368 265,316 121,073 84,809

2017

68,382 272,312 119,207 81,044

2018

83,424 279,073 106,621 80,203

From 2001 to 2018, the number of establishments of privately owned casinos and casino hotels decreased. The number of local government owned casinos and casino hotels increased over this period.

 Number of casino hotels and casinos without hotels, 2001–18 annual averages
Year Local government owned casino hotels Privately owned casino hotels Local government owned casinos without hotels Privately owned casinos without hotels

2001

17 412 165 450

2002

22 417 167 448

2003

35 410 181 430

2004

37 381 186 414

2005

43 359 185 415

2006

43 350 192 400

2007

47 350 205 413

2008

52 352 209 420

2009

56 345 235 398

2010

55 349 241 400

2011

55 353 249 441

2012

57 341 261 459

2013

60 340 255 361

2014

65 347 251 361

2015

66 346 249 364

2016

69 351 249 367

2017

72 357 248 367

2018

80 360 249 383

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. You can get more industry employment data for the nation, states, counties, and metropolitan areas through the data viewer tool. Local government owned casinos and casino hotels are primarily owned by tribal governments. Due to a change in Federal law, BLS began assigning Indian Tribal Councils and related establishments to local government ownership in January 2001. To learn more, visit Employment and Wages Annual Averages.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Trends in casino employment from 2001 to 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/trends-in-casino-employment-from-2001-to-2018.htm (visited January 19, 2020).

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