- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gambling industry officials say U.S. casinos had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013.

The American Gaming Association is expected to announce the results of its economic study Tuesday morning at a news conference. The group’s annual G2E Global Gaming Expo kicks off this week at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

Oxford Economics studied the industry’s impact and included spending and revenue that might be linked but not directly connected to a casino. An example is a traveler who visits an area for a casino but also spends at a nearby gas station.

The Associated Press obtained an early copy of the report. G2E is a trade show and conference where new slot machine designs, wagering technology and food and beverage concepts often debut.

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