By Quentin Fottrell
Amusement and gaming
The amusement and gaming industry may provide more entertainment than employment these days. Although the total number of jobs in leisure and hospitality rose by 12,000 in April, employment in amusement and gambling fell by 7,700 in April after dropping 3,700 in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “The gambling industry is not showing much growth,” says Gregg Mulholland, analyst with Sageworks, a financial information company. A spokeswoman for the American Gaming Association — which represents casinos and, therefore, only one-third of the amusement and gaming sector — says employment was largely flat year-on-year in 2011 at around 340,000. “Several properties are set to open this year, though, so I would expect an uptick in 2012,” she says.