MGM Resorts trims Aria workforce by 40% since opening

LAS VEGAS MGM Resorts International cut the number of worker hours at Aria Resort & Casino by about 40% since its December 2009 opening, according to documents sent to investors last month.

Aria had about 5,300 full-time-equivalents as of December 31, down from 8,800 a year earlier. Full-time-equivalents is not an employee count but rather a labor calculation that divides the total number of worker hours by 40—the length of a standard full-time work week.

MGM Resorts says it has reduced its worker hours primarily through attrition—by not filling jobs when workers resign or are terminated. Layoffs represent a small fraction of the reduced labor pool, spokeswoman Yvette Monet tells Las Vegas Sun.

“The FTE reductions show our increased ability to gain efficiencies in scheduling and operations,” she says.