Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after Nevada's unemployment increased to 12% percent in July:
"I am disappointed that after nearly a year of steady decline, Nevada's unemployment rate has increased. We must not relent until our state is back on track and all hard-working Nevadans who want jobs have one. Democrats have been working hard to pass commonsense measures that will strengthen America's small businesses and expand the middle class. However, my Republican colleagues consistently refuse to work with us to secure our nation's long-term recovery. Earlier this month, the Senate passed a bill that would prevent middle-class families' and 98 percent of Americans' taxes from rising in January, but unfortunately Republicans instead decided to demand additional tax cuts for America's wealthiest individuals. Our focus should be on protecting and strengthening the Nevada's middle class, not imposing additional challenges that will inhibit our state's potential. I will continue to protect Nevada's middle class and work to pass measures that create jobs in our state. The Senate will soon vote on the Veterans Jobs Corps Act which will help create jobs for Nevada servicemen and women and enable them to put their sought-after professional skills into action. I hope my Republican colleagues put politics aside and join Democrats in this effort."