HARRISBURG - Penn National Gaming says it could lay off up to 15 workers from its casino in south-central Pennsylvania.

Company spokesman Eric Schippers says the economic downturn is forcing staff cuts at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course near Harrisburg.

Schippers says Wyomissing-based Penn National originally envisioned laying off 22 to 30 employees, but some people were offered other jobs at the casino or at other company properties. He says some of the remaining 15 are still considering other available jobs.

The casino opened in February and employs 900 people.