With all the talk of Atlantic City’s casino industry not doing so well, it’s easy to get freaked out and assume that the casino industry is about to self-combust. But what about the reality? There’s never been a better time for the casino industry. And that means there’s never been a better time to be a casino player or a casino industry employee.
What doesn’t make the news amidst all this talk of casino closures and layoffs are the stories of casino job fairs and construction dotting the map across the country – and beyond. Here’s a look at our favorite good-news stories of the week.
- In Minden, Nevada, a new casino has brought 50 new jobs to the area. A vacant building was renovated over the last 14 months and is now home to the C.O.D Casino. The property features slot machines, keno, and poker. And it includes a smoke-free area, too.
- In Atlantic City, a Maryland casino has set up temporary shop to host a 2-day job fair. While thousands of people will be laid off due to the closing of four casinos in the area, Maryland Live! Casino is hoping to welcome some talented casino employees to their property. While it likely won’t be able to provide jobs for all 8,000 employees who are going to be laid off, it’s a good start.
- In East Greenbush, NY, more than 400 people showed up last Tuesday for a job fair, hoping to land a spot at Capital View Casino & Resort. The casino on the outskirts of Albany is slated to open in the next two years. Developers of that property are promising over 1,000 permanent jobs plus another 1,000 construction-related jobs.
- In Louisiana, the number of full-time employees in the state’s 19 casino properties increased in 2013 all the way to 15,706 from the 2012 numbers of 15,061. That’s a 4.3 percent increase, a sign that the industry there is flourishing.
- A new gaming center in New Brunswick, Canada will see 150 full-time jobs added to the mix when it opens full-time, pending approval from the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation.
- Back in Maryland, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has almost filled its roster of jobs. But there’s still a lot left. Initially slated to hire between 2000 and 2,200 employees, more than 31,000 people applied for the jobs at the Horseshoe Casino, which is slated to open tomorrow on August 26th (we’ll keep you updated on how that went).
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