When 63 percent of Sumner County voters favored a casino in an advisory vote in late 2005, for the jobs and economic development it could bring, the county’s unemployment rate was just 5.2 percent. Few could have imagined then the recession ahead, or that by last month the county’s unemployment rate would be 7.6 percent. Consider the 4,000 employment applications submitted to Peninsula Gaming as a kind of second endorsement. They confirm that the up to 575 jobs available for the first phase of the Kansas Star Casino near Mulvane are well-timed and much-needed in the county, especially with the average salary estimated at $38,000.
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