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California Tribal Casino Jobs Grow

26 April 2005

SACRAMENTO, California – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Job growth created by California Indian casinos and their tribal governments grew by nearly 14% for the year ending March 2005, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association announced today.

Preliminary statistics supplied by the California Employment Development Department also revealed tribes employed 50,800 workers in March 2005, up .2% from the previous month and 13.9% over March 2004.

"Tribal governments are proud of the employment growth and the hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes and economic development being generated from our government gaming activities," said CNIGA Chairman Anthony Miranda

"Wages paid to these employees are spent within local communities many times over and in turn create even more jobs," Miranda said. "By most estimates, for every job created at an Indian casino, two or three other non-casino jobs are created in surrounding communities."

Statewide, unemployment was 5.4% in March. That figure is down from 5.8% in February. According to the California Employment Development Department, this is the lowest unemployment rate since July 2001, when the rate was also 5.4%.

Miranda said tribal governments are committed to the continued creation of jobs and economic development in California.

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