Southern California casinos struggle to fill jobs as business picks up – Orange County Register

With the initial phase of its $550 million expansion plan now completed, San Manuel Casino is grappling with the same problem other Southern California casinos are facing — how to fill all of its job openings.

And there are plenty, as the Highland facility is looking to hire 2,500 additional workers by year’s end.

But it won’t be easy. The hiring process at casinos can be time-consuming, and some former workers may have moved onto other jobs while others are nervous about returning to crowded work environments with COVID-19 and its far more contagious Delta variant rapidly boosting infection rates.

At San Manuel, recruitment is underway for cooks, cashiers, janitors, groundskeepers and a variety of other positions to work in the casino’s expanded gaming space, new 24-hour restaurant, high-end dining venue and newly completed retail shops.

More openings are being filled to staff the casino’s new 432-room hotel, set to open later this…

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