Louisiana Casinos employ nearly 16,000 people in 2013

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/23 2014 08:48AM

Updated 07/23 2014 08:53AM

Casinos in Shreveport and Bossier City are among Louisiana's 19 commercial casinos that employed 15,706 permanent workers and paid its employees $603 million in wages, benefits and tips.

The new job numbers for 2013 were released Wednesday by the American Gaming Association.

President and CEO of the AGA Geoff Freeman said, "Casino gaming has created thousands of jobs in Louisiana that pay well above the minimum wage and offer fulfilling careers in a range of professions that extend beyond the casino floor. Americans feel more favorably toward casino gaming than ever before, and they recognize that gaming creates jobs, boosts small businesses and positively affects local communities. Yet policymakers must act to ensure that casinos can continue to strengthen communities as they face increased competition from neighboring states."

In 2013, Louisiana casinos generated $587 million in tax revenue, which contributed to the state's general fund, the city of New Orleans' budget and the public retirement system.

 Louisiana is home to 19 commercial casinos, including:

  • Harrah's New Orleans Casino
  • Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Bossier City
  • Sam's Town Hotel and Casino Shreveport
  • L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
  • Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner
Louisiana also ranks fourth nationwide for casino employment behind only Nevada, New Jersey and Mississippi, where casinos employed nearly 23,000 people last year.

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