U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement regarding the Nevada unemployment figures released earlier today:
"While a lower unemployment rate in Nevada is welcome news, I remain concerned about our struggling economy. My goal in the Senate is to promote policies that create jobs. With Nevada leading the nation in unemployment for the past 32 months, I do not believe that the private sector is "doing fine.' Washington should focus on common-sense policies that give our job creators the necessary tools to provide for long-term economic growth. Families all across the Silver State have been waiting far too long for solutions during these tough times. Congress needs to give our nation the economic certainty needed to create good-paying jobs so hardworking Nevadans will be able to provide for their families and achieve the career success they deserve," said Senator Dean Heller.
In May, Nevada's unemployment rate declined from 11.7 percent to 11.6 percent. The decline is partially attributed to Nevadan's who have given up looking for work. The unemployment rate in Las Vegas increased to 11.8 percent. The rate in the Reno-Sparks areas increased to 11.5 percent. Carson City's unemployment rate decreased to 11.7 percent. Elko's unemployment rate decreased to 6.1 percent.