U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement regarding the national unemployment figures released earlier today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
"An increase in jobs added on a national scale is welcome news, but the fact remains that Nevada's broader jobless rate hovers at 20 percent. Nevada's families and businesses are desperate for solutions, yet Washington has failed to make the difficult decisions necessary for economic recovery. Just this week, I introduced a lands bill that will create hundreds of jobs in the Silver State. With measures like these, I am confident that we can return to a time of greater optimism. In the meantime, Washington needs to work together to solve the budget crisis now, and finally provide certainty for the new year," said Senator Dean Heller.
On January 28, 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report showing that Nevada's broader jobless rate averaged 20.3 percent in 2012. This unemployment rate, called the U-6 rate, includes discouraged workers who have stopped looking for jobs and underemployed part-time workers seeking full-time positions.