About those great casino jobs…

December 12, 2011 2:35 pm

Casino operators and their government enablers like to tout the jobs that come with gambling. No doubt the casinos create jobs. But for the most they are not quality jobs in which one could raise a family. Basically the casino jobs are akin to working at Wal-Mart, except they include graveyard shifts and secondhand smoke.

In Cleveland, the Horseshoe Casino is looking to fill 750 jobs. The jobs pay from $12 an hour for security guards to $39,000 a year for those who oversee slot machines. Even in Cleveland, $39,000 a year doesn’t go too far.

Granted, it is better than no job. But states that bank on casinos as a form of economic development are misguided. To be sure, the economic benefits from casinos are not all they are cracked up to be and the costs are often overlooked or ignored.