The tally: 94% of the U.S. casino market, 96% of the gaming workforce sidelined by coronavirus pandemic

The U.S. economy will lose $21.3 billion in direct consumer spending from the legal gaming industry over the next eight weeks due to the shutdown of virtually all casinos and resorts in the U.S. in an attempt to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The American Gaming Association said Wednesday that 94% of the country’s commercial casinos, as well as 37% of the tribal casino industry, have closed. The shutdowns put 96% of the total U.S. casino gaming workforce – nearly 534,000 employees – out of a job.

Read more: Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports