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DC Area’s New Casino Is Creating Thousands Of Jobs

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Steve Birr Vice Reporter

A new casino is opening this fall in Prince George’s County, Maryland just across the river from Washington, D.C. — bringing roughly 3,600 jobs to the area.

MGM National Harbor opened its National Employment Center Monday to begin staffing before the casino’s expected November opening. MGM plans to hire 3,600 employees for roughly 100 different titles by its grand opening. The new casino, which cost roughly $1.3 billion, said it already hired over 100 people through the employment center, reports Washington Business Journal.

Through the agreement reached with community officials, MGM promised 40 percent of employees will be residents of Prince George’s County.

“When you ask the people in the community what they need they say, ‘Jobs, jobs, jobs,'” Maryland Senator Anthony Muse told Washington Business Journal. “And they brought jobs, jobs, jobs.”

The employment center costs MGM roughly $5 million and is located on Oxon Hill Road at the old Thomas Addison Elementary School. The location will turn over to the county six months after the casino opens. The center will also serve as MGM’s dealer school to train employees on running various table games. The course costs $360 and does not come with a guaranteed job, reports the DCist.

In addition to the 3,600 new jobs the casino will create for the local community, MGM provided roughly 2,000 jobs during the construction process.

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