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:
"Today's decrease in the unemployment rate is encouraging, and I hope this is a positive pattern for our economy. Considering this jobs report comes at a time when Nevada leads the nation in unemployment and our state's gaming revenues declined as recently as January, we still have a long way to go towards securing the economic recovery the Silver State needs.
"As Nevada and our nation continue to struggle with high unemployment, finding common ground to move our nation forward is more critical today than ever. Congress has not passed a budget in nearly four years, and our nation is nearly $17 trillion in debt. Just this week, I introduced a bipartisan jobs bill to help address the skills gap and ensure that workers are being trained for the jobs that are available. Common sense measures like this will not only place our country on the right economic path, but help get Americans back to work," said Senator Dean Heller.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported today that January gaming revenues fell 12.4 percent statewide and 18.7 percent on the Las Vegas strip.