Statement from US Senator Dean Heller (R-NV): "I am pleased to see Nevada’s unemployment rate at the lowest in five years. While we have made significant strides to get Nevadans back to work, there is still much more to be done. Just this week, I introduced a bipartisan bill with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) to prevent unemployed workers in the Silver State from losing their unemployment insurance after the holidays. Providing a safety net for those who have fallen on tough times is one of the most important functions of the federal government, and it is my hope Congress works to move our bill forward.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): “Nevada, and the nation, are showing signs of economic improvement—and this is good news. However, Nevada still has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, and we must do everything we can to create opportunities for job growth. With nine percent unemployment in Nevada, we must remain persistent in our work to extend unemployment insurance benefits for so many Nevadans still hungry for work. It is my priority for the Senate to extend unemployment benefits when we return in the new year, and I applaud Senator Heller for his efforts to work with Democrats on this issue. But we must do more; we need to address unemployment by working to enact policies that create jobs so that Nevadans don’t have to worry about looking for work and how to feed their family at the same time.”
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's jobless rate has dropped to 9 percent in November to reach its lowest level in five years.
Officials with the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation released the latest figures Friday. November's rate is down from 9.3 percent in October. Jobless rates in the each of the state's three major metropolitan areas also fell.
Gov. Brian Sandoval says he's encouraged by the November data, which shows a 35th consecutive month of improvement in employment.
State economist Bill Anderson says the state added 9,500 jobs in November compared with October.
But he says recovery in Nevada is happening slower than in other states. Only about one-quarter of the jobs lost from 2007 to 2011 have returned.
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