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Mississippi ranks 3rd nationwide in casino employment

A report released Wednesday says Mississippi is ranked third nationwide for casino employment. Source: MGN A report released Wednesday says Mississippi is ranked third nationwide for casino employment. Source: MGN
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi's 29 casinos employ about 23,000 people. And they're not all Blackjack dealers.

"There are general managers, slot technicians, law enforcement, surveillance positions. They run the gamut in the industry," says Allen Godfrey, Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

Godfrey is not surprised with a report released Wednesday out of Washington that says Mississippi is ranked third nationwide for casino employment, behind Nevada and New Jersey. The state paid casino workers $830 million in 2013.

It all helps the state's economy.

"You have 23,000 people getting a paycheck, that's a very positive thing. In turn they would be paying income tax and that would be spendable money they can take out in the community," Godfrey tells us.

Lady Luck eludes some casinos, however. Harrah's Casino in Tunica closed in June, and Margaritaville on the Coast will close in September. Consumers like to have their hotel and casino on the same premises. In fact, it's now a policy in Mississippi. Margaritaville did not have a hotel attached to it. It only lasted about two years.

But there's good news as well. The Scarlet Pearl is slated to open in D'iberville in late 2016.

"It appears they're headed for their first casino in 20+ years. So I congratulate them and look forward to their opening," he says.

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