Waterloo, N.Y. Dec. 11, 2017 — As the largest employer in Seneca County, del Lago Resort & Casino has helped significantly lower the county’s unemployment rate. The New York State Department of Labor released its October 2017 county unemployment rates and Seneca County has dropped significantly to 3.9 percent from 4.4 percent in October 2016. Seneca County has the fourth lowest unemployment rate out of New York’s 62 counties.
Local officials attribute the decrease in unemployment to del Lago Resort & Casino, which opened in February 2017. Twenty-four percent of del Lago’s team members are from Seneca County, making it the most represented local county. In addition, there are nearly 400 employees from Wayne, Cayuga and Ontario counties, helping boost employment throughout the entire Finger Lakes region. In addition, 78 percent of del Lago’s workforce come from the immediate counties surrounding del Lago Resort & Casino which include Seneca, Wayne, Cayuga and Ontario counties.
When del Lago Resort & Casino was being proposed, the unemployment rate in Seneca County was around 7 percent — well above the state and national averages. Since the resort and casino opened, hundreds of Seneca County employees have landed jobs at del Lago.
“We were pleased to see that Seneca County’s unemployment rate has improved significantly to now being the fourth lowest in the state,” Seneca County Manager John Sheppard said. “This is attributable to del Lago Resort & Casino, our county’s largest employer. To date, nearly $6.5 million in revenue and myriad other benefits have significantly contributed to sustaining the governmental services expected of our constituents while remaining tax-cap compliant.”
“The hundreds of jobs created by del Lago Resort & Casino are truly stimulating the local economy and have spurred other major development along routes 318 and 414,” Seneca County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley said. “We are thrilled to see that the unemployment rate for Seneca County has decreased, as it largely due to del Lago Resort & Casino hiring hundreds of Seneca County residents.”
“Before we opened del Lago Resort & Casino, we promised local officials that we would help Seneca and surrounding counties with job growth, creating an economic boon. We are proud of the fact that nearly 61 percent of our team members reside within 20 miles of del Lago,” Executive Vice President and General Manager Jeff Babinski said. “We also know that while we’ve quickly become the largest employer in the region, we are not the only new employer or the only employer continuing to expand its workforce.”
About del Lago Resort & Casino
Del Lago Resort & Casino is a $440 million casino, 205-room hotel and spa in Waterloo, New York. The mission behind del Lago Resort & Casino has been to act as a gateway to the Finger Lakes region, leveraging the natural beauty and unique offerings while enhancing tourism. Del Lago offers a Players Reward Club, free to join with instant winnings, free slot play, table games match play, gifts and hotel, spa and entertainment offers. Players may redeem earned points at the casino and at local participating retailers, wineries and restaurants. Savor NY — MacKenzie-Childs at del Lago is a unique retail outlet where local vendors bring the Finger Lakes region directly to del Lago patrons with MacKenzie-Childs and Jay Strongwater products and a wide variety of local fruits, cheeses, baked goods, wines and beers, and other area specialties. Del Lago Resort & Casino features 1,956 slot machines and 99 gaming tables, including 14 poker tables; award-winning Portico by Fabio Viviani, a restaurant serving brunch and dinner with a sophisticated take on Old World Italian-inspired foods and spirits; 4,200-square-foot food court; The Vine, a 2,400-person entertainment center, bar and restaurant; Farmers Market Buffet, featuring locally sourced comfort foods and Centrifico, a bar/lounge area in the center of the gaming floor. The hotel wing features The Sociale Café & Bar, serving “gastro spa” cuisine and beverages, Lavazza Italian coffee shop, serving homemade pastries and gelato and the 14,000-square-foot European-style Spa del Lago. For more information, visit delLagoResort.com.