The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Friday released its 15th annual diversity report, and the results mostly mirror the Keystone State’s racial and ethnic demographics.
According to the report, Pennsylvania’s licensed casinos employ 14,829 people. Of that total, 61% are White, 15% are Black, and 13% are Asian. Hispanics account for 7% of all casino employees, and other groups comprise 3%.
Pennsylvania’s 2020 census skews closely to the makeup of casino employees: the state’s White population is 61.6% and Blacks comprise 12.4%. There are differences in two categories, however, as the state’s Hispanic population is 18.7% (compared to 7% of employees in casinos) and the Asian population of 6% is less, percentage-wise, than the 13% of Asians employed by casinos.
There is a gender difference between the casino employees and Pennsylvania’s population. Women comprise 43% of casino employees, while accounting for 51.1% of the state’s population.
The breakdown of the 2,370 executive, management and professional staff at casinos features 36% women and 26% racial minorities.
Per the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act, the PGCB is charged with promoting and ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of legalized gaming. The diversity regulations established policies for promoting and ensuring that the regulated entities support participation and equity in all aspects of their operations in the Commonwealth.
“The PGCB remains committed to monitoring the activities of the Commonwealth’s licensed casinos in promoting diversity and ensuring compliance with the act,” wrote Mozelle E. Daniels, PGCB Director of Diversity, in the report.
The Diversity Report was issued a day after the PGCB released its annual 2021-2022 report.
Pennsylvania reported a record $3.3 billion in gaming revenue for the financial year, slightly outpacing 2018-2019’s $3.2 billion. With the addition of two new brick-and-mortar casinos in the past year, Pennsylvania now has 16 gaming properties.
The PGCB reported a beginning balance of $46.6 million in revenue for the period, with total expenditures of $43.3 million, resulting in revenue over expenditures of $3.3 million.