Pennsylvania regulator releases annual report highlighting diversity in the state’s casino industry

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released Thursday its 16th Annual Diversity Report, providing a description of each casino’s activities related to the implementation of their diversity plans and the action taken by the entities to enhance the representation of diverse groups in the gaming industry. 

The Diversity Report displayed the following key figures:

  • Pennsylvania’s 17 casinos collectively employed 15,461 persons at the close of the state fiscal year of 2022-2023, which is up 4.3% from last year.
  • 41% of those employed are racial minorities while 42% are female.
  • 13,863 of those employees (90%) are residents of Pennsylvania.
  • Casinos spent $838,378,181 in 2022-2023 with other businesses for construction and non-construction expenses.

Furthermore, the report showed facilities located in Philadelphia metro areas employ more minorities than any other, with Rivers Casino Philadelphia employing 64% minorities, the most of any casino in the state. However, Harrah’s Philadelphia is the only casino that employs more African Americans (40%) than Caucasians (39%). Here’s a breakdown of workforce minorities in the Philadelphia metro area:

  • Rivers Casino Philadelphia: 64%
  • Live! Casino Philadelphia: 63%
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia: 62%
  • Valley Forge Casino: 61%
  • Parx Casino Bensalem: 48%

Meanwhile, other highlights show Mount Airy Casino and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh showed the most improvement in diversity numbers, increasing their diversity levels by 5% and 4%, respectively.

For its part, Parx Casino Bensalem, the top-grossing casino in the state, made the most charitable donations to the community, totaling $8.7 million

The land-based casino industry in Pennsylvania consists of six racetrack (Category 1) casinos, five stand-alone (Category 2) casinos, two resort (Category 3) casinos and four mini-casinos (Category 4).  Pennsylvania casinos and the other types of Board-regulated gaming generated over $2.3 billion in tax revenue during the 2022/2023 State Fiscal Year.