NC casino to cut 100 jobs

January 13, 2009 4:48:45 AM PST
Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel announced it will eliminate 100 jobs. That's about 5 percent of its employees.Harrah employs 1,800 workers.

The company said it's the first time it has cut jobs since 1997. Workers were notified Monday.

The casino is offering voluntary buyouts that include severance packages based on years of service. If that doesn't eliminate jobs, management said it will have to lay off workers.

The casino has experienced a decline in customers and in November, visits were down about 15 percent for the year.

Harrah's is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and provides much of the tribal government's budget.