Tunica County struggling to recover months after casinos reopen

TUNICA COUNTY, Miss. — The job market in Tunica County is still struggling to recover months after casinos reopened.

The county’s unemployment rate is 13.8 percent.

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That is among the highest rate in the state.

FOX13 found out that all of the numbers in Tunica County aren’t bad.

The President and CEO of the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau told us there are still opportunities for anyone looking for a job at Tunica’s casinos.

But Webster Franklin said some may still be hesitant after being laid off.

“Employment is still available at all six of our casinos and every salary range. Whether you have experience or not, there are still opportunities for employment in the Midsouth region,” Franklin said.

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Franklin and county leaders shared that casino revenue numbers in the last few months have been good.

“The gaming commission came out with the fact that we have to run at the 50 percent occupancy but the numbers are strong and we are lucky that NFL and College Football is all going. Sports betting is something that people are coming down for,” Franklin said.

One of the big draws here in Tunica County that have not returned yet are the live shows.

“You can gamble anywhere in America today, it’s not like it was when we first started in the ’90s, and what seperates you as a destination is the entertainment that we have here,” Franklin said.

Franklin hoped by the Spring people can come back and enjoy live events.

Tunica County has the state’s fourth-highest unemployment rate and by far the highest in North Mississippi.