(Tunica County, MS) Tunica County is looking at other industries to bring in money, especially now that one of the area‘s biggest casinos will be closing.
The area has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state.
The county is known for rolling the dice and rolling the soil.
Gambling and farming drive this part of the Mississippi Delta, but as 1,300 people prepare to lose their jobs when Harrah’s closes June 2, they will need other options.
Webster Franklin with the Tunica County Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “No one envisioned, I think that they would actually close the doors of what is arguably the premier resort in Tunica.”
The loss of some 1,300 jobs is particularly devastating in this area, since Tunica County has the second-highest unemployment rate of any county in the state of Mississippi.
“Tunica has 10,000 residents,” said Franklin. “We‘ve got 6,000 people in the workforce from Tunica County. We are losing 1,300 jobs through this announcement. That affects the Mid-South.”
Franklin told us Tunica County is exploring new industries in hopes of bringing new jobs.
“It‘s not by happenstance that Schulz, a German pipe company, spent $180 million here and created over 200 jobs just across the street for industrial development.”
Franklin added that an estimated $14 billion in wages will be lost when Harrah’s closes and he believes state leaders are, in part, to blame.
“Because the gaming industry has been somewhat taboo over the years, our elected officials across the state have not looked at it in the same light as another industry. I hope that this is the wake up call that‘s needed.”