Casinos Creating Hundreds of Jobs in North Carolina and Alabama

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The expansion of two casinos is helping to create hundreds of new jobs for people with hospitality and gaming experience on their resumes in North Carolina and Alabama.

In North Carolina, a new agreement between the state and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has helped generate 500 new positions at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel in Cherokee, The Associated Press reports.

According to the news agency, the new agreement will allow the casino to offer traditional table games as early as this September. The company said it will be looking to hire not only people with game table and dealing experience on their resumes, but will offer paid training for inexperienced workers as well. Casino officials said they will also need to hire more bartenders, housekeepers and security personnel.

We’ve probably been negotiating with the state for several years to get live cards and now that it happened, Jo Blaylock, vice president of human resources and external relations at Harrah’s Cherokee, told the news outlet. “As soon as it happened, we had to really put on the fast track to get everything up and going.”

Blaylock said dealers can make up to $60,000 per year.

In Alabama, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians said a new $246 million expansion at its casino in Wetumptka will create an additional 600 jobs. The expanded facility will include a 20-story 285 room hotel, a number of restaurants and a new gaming venue, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

The new facility in Wetumptka is expected to be completed by January 2014.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for gaming services workers, which include dealers and slot machine operators are expected to increase by 13% through the end of the decade. 

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