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Employment in gaming services occupations is expected to grow by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), about as fast as the average for all careers. The increasing popularity of gaming establishments will create demand for gaming workers. More states are seeking to take advantage of the tax and tourism revenue generated by casinos and are considering licensing new casinos or allowing other forms of gambling. In 2011, casinos (both commercial and racetrack) generated more than $7.9 billion in tax revenue for states, according to the American Gaming Association (AGA). Public opinion regarding the ethics of gambling, as well as its importance to the U.S. economy, is also changing. In 2012, approximately 81 percent of Americans viewed casino gaming as acceptable for themselves or others, according to the AGA. Sixty-five percent of Americans surveyed in 2009 believed that a healthy casino industry was important to the overall U.S. travel industry.