Idaho’s Gaming Tribes Generate $1 Billion Annually

Idaho’s five casino tribes have published a report they commissioned that shows that their combined business activities resulted in over $1 billion in annual sales last year.

A study commissioned by Idaho’s five gaming tribes determined that they contribute about .1 billion in annual sales and employ about 5,000. That number rises to more than 13,000 when you take into account multiplier effects.

This increased the state’s gross state product by about 1 percent last year.

The study, which was compiled by Steven Peterson, a research economist with the University of Idaho, combined gaming and non-gaming economic activities of the tribes, who include the Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Shoshone-Bannock and Shoshone-Paiute tribes.

The study showed that the tribes are among the state’s top ten employers. Their casinos generate about $820 million before payouts and prizes and attract more than 500,000 visitors each year, most of them from out-of-state, although that figure is hard to be precise about, according to Peterson.