PA Casino Industry Improves Slightly On Diversity Numbers

J.R. Duren October 6, 2016
PA casino diversity

This past week the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced the results of its study of the casino industry’s diversity.

In a press release from the PGCB, the organization said it conducts the yearly assessment to provide “a description of each casino’s activities related to the implementation of their diversity plans and the action taken by the entities to achieve the Commonwealth’s goal of enhanced representation of diverse groups in the gaming industry.”

The Statistics on race and gender

The first page of statistics in the report offered up the key numbers on diversity. According to the PGCB’s 2016 numbers, employment by race was:

  • 64 percent Caucasian
  • 14 percent African-American
  • 12 percent Asian
  • 7 percent Hispanic
  • 3 percent “Other”

Compared to the 2012-13 fiscal year, diversity numbers increased slightly:

  • A 5-percent decrease in Caucasian employees
  • A 1-percent increase in African-American employees
  • A 1-percent increase in Hispanic employees
  • A 2-percent increase in Asian employees
  • A 1-percent increase in employees of races not mentioned above.

While these numbers represent the entire workforce, the PGCB also provided statistics about executive/management/professional staff. There were more disparities at this level, with the male-female split being 62 percent to 38 percent, while the Caucasian to minority split was 77 percent to 23 percent.

Casinos that are best and worst on diversity

When comparing casinos there, were some pretty strong contrasts between casinos based inside and outside of Philadelphia.

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Mohegan Sun employed the highest proportion of Caucasian workers — 93 percent and 86 percent respectively. The Meadows’ host county has a Caucasian-to-African American ratio of 94.1 percent to 3.3 percent, while the Mohegan Sun’s host county has a ratio of 90.7 percent to 3.4 percent.

The report found Harrah’s Philadelphia and SugarHouse Casino were the most diverse, with only 42 percent of their workforces being Caucasian. Harrah’s host county has a Caucasian-to-African American ratio of 72.5 percent to 19.7 percent, while SugarHouse’s host county is 41 percent white and 43.4 percent African-American.

Hollywood shows greatest increase in diversity

The casinos with the greatest increase in diversity during the past four years were:

  1. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course — 10 percent
  2. SugarHouse — 9 percent
  3. Harrah’s — 7 percent
  4. Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem — 6 percent
  5. Parx Casino / Rivers Casino / Presque Isle — 5 percent

Both female and male workers increased

In the past four fiscal years, the Pennsylvania casino workforce has increased, despite a marked dip in the 2014-15 fiscal year.

According to the PGCB’s statistics, 10,206 men and 7,827 women were employed in the state’s casinos for a total of more than 18,000 employees. Male employees represented 56.5 percent of the workforce, or around 0.7 percent less than their representation in 2012-13.

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