U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement regarding the Nevada unemployment figures released earlier today:
"Any sign of job creation is encouraging and it is my hope that our economy will get stronger as the year goes on. Unfortunately, part of the decline in the unemployment rate is due to individuals who have given up looking for work and have left the labor force. As I travel the state, nearly every Nevadan I talk to speaks of the uncertainty that has characterized their lives in this economy. People across our state are hurting, and they want solutions. Washington must focus on solving our nation's problems, provide a clear path for economic growth, and give job creators the certainty they need to hire," said Senator Dean Heller.
In April, Nevada's unemployment rate declined from 12 percent to 11.7 percent. The decline is partially attributed to Nevadan's who have given up looking for work. The unemployment rate in Las Vegas decreased to 11.6 percent. The rate in the Reno-Sparks areas dropped to 11.4 percent. Carson City's unemployment rate decreased to 11.8 percent. Elko's unemployment rate decreased to 6.3 percent.