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Report: Little has changed at casinos when it comes to worker diversity

A new report from state regulators shows that ethnic diversity among employees at Pennsylvania casinos hasn’t changed much in recent years.

According to a report from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the majority of employees across the state’s 16 licensed casinos are white, matching trends seen at the facilities for several years. During the 2020-21 fiscal year, diversity trends largely returned to what they were before the covid-19 pandemic impacted casino jobs.

Last fiscal year, 61% of the state’s 13,870 casino employees were white, 15% were Black, 14% were Asian, 7% were Hispanic and 4% were other races.

Those numbers varied slightly from the 2019-20 fiscal year. That year, about 9,880 people were employed at Pennsylvania casinos as the pandemic forced facilities to close for months. That year, 64% of employees were white, 13% were Black, 13% were Asian, 8% were Hispanic and 2% were other races.

While the number of employees who were Black, Hispanic and other races increased during 2020-21 from the previous fiscal year, numbers largely returned to what they were before the covid-19 pandemic. In the 2018-19 fiscal year, 16,717 people worked at casinos, with 62% being white, 15% Black, 13% Asian, 8% Hispanic and 3% being other races.

The diversity report has been released by the gaming control board for 14 years, as required by the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. It details data related to race and gender at facilities statewide. The board reviews Statement of Conditions, which are released by casinos showing diversity and hiring plans.

In addition, it also details the number of employees who are Pennsylvania residents and gives statistics for leadership positions.

In the 2020-21 fiscal year, 12,113 of the state’s 13,870 employees (87%) were Pennsylvania residents; 8,021 were men and 5,849 were women, according to the report. That included 2,200 employees in executive, management and professional staff positions, of which 64% were men, 36% were women and 25% were minorities.

“The PGCB is committed to monitoring the activities of the commonwealth’s licensed casinos in promoting diversity and ensuring compliance with the Act,” Mozelle Daniels, the board’s director of diversity, wrote in the report.

Regional numbers

Reflecting state numbers, the majority of employees at Western Pennsylvania casinos were white, the report shows.

At Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, 69% of its 1,332 employees were white, 14% were Asian, 12% were Black, 3% were other races and 2% were Hispanic.

The report shows the number of white workers increased 2% from the 2019-20, while the number of employees who were Asian decreased by 2%. The number of workers who were Black, Hispanic or other races remained the same between the two fiscal years.

Of the facility’s employees during the last fiscal year, 823 were men and 509 were women. In addition, 1,282 were state residents, while 191 held executive, management and professional staff positions. Of leadership staff, 68% were men, 32% were women and 13% were minorities.

At The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County, 91% of its 655 employees were white last fiscal year, largely keeping in line with past years. Of the remaining employees, 4% were Black, 2% were Asian, 2% were other races and 1% were Hispanic, the report shows.

In the 2020-21 fiscal year, the North Strabane casino had 376 male employees and 279 female employees. In addition, 113 people — 64% of whom were male, 36% were female and 9% were minorities — held executive, management and professional staff positions.

At Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Fayette County, the number of white workers decreased by 9% between fiscal years 2019-20 (190 casino employees and 697 resort employees) and 2020-21 (192 casino employees and 1,001 resort employees) while the number of workers who were other races increased by 9%.

Last fiscal year, 76% of the casino’s employees were white, 11% were other races, 6% were Black, 5% were Hispanic and 1% were Asian.

Of the 1,193 employees between the casino and resort, 1,036 were Pennsylvania residents. Of the total number of employees, 177 people — of which 56% were men, 44% were women and 12% were minorities — held executive, management and professional staff positions. Across all employees, 575 were men and 618 were women.

At Live! Casino, which opened at the Westmoreland Mall last year, there were 580 employees. Of those, 88% were white, 5% were other races, 4% were Black, 2% were Hispanic and 2% were Asian, the report shows. The facility also had 314 male employees and 266 female employees.

Of employees at the casino, 572 were Pennsylvania residents, with 76 people — 63% men, 37% women and 14% minorities — held executive, management and professional positions.

In addition to race and gender statistics, the report also said that statewide, $12.19 million was made in charitable donations throughout the last fiscal

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