A diversity report published by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has shown an increase in female employment at gaming venues across the state for the 2020/21 period.
Statewide figures showed that between 30 June 2020 – 30 June 2021, 5,849 women were employed at Pennsylvania casinos, up from 4,219 in 2019/20. This is still down from the 7,237 figure recorded prior to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic however.
Lady Luck Casino in Nemacolin was the only site to have more female employees than male – 618 women to 575 men. Of those with more male employees, the Mohegan Sun Pocano venue had the most even split of male to female employees, with 46.3% of their staff being women.
The number of African-American and Asian employees also rose in 2020-21. 15% of all staff were African American – up from 13% – while the corresponding figure for Asian workers was 14%.
Charitable donations from operators decreased this year, dropping 7.6% to $12.2m.
Money from non-construction gaming service providers increased to $468.9m from $463.1m. Money from construction gaming service providers decreased from $272.8m to $250.5m.
PGCB director of diversity Mozelle E. Daniels said: “As Pennsylvania’s gaming industry has evolved over the years, diversity and inclusiveness have remained at the forefront of the PGCB’s mission.
“Notwithstanding changes to the (Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming) Act, casino ownership, casino executive management, or within the PGCB, diversity and inclusiveness has been and continues to be an ongoing noteworthy accomplishment of the entire industry.
“The PGCB is committed to monitoring the activities of the Commonwealth’s licensed casinos in promoting diversity and ensuring compliance with the Act.”