New state unemployment numbers were released Friday morning.
Statewide the number rose slightly, up from 12% to 12.1%
In the Reno-Sparks area the number went down from 12% to 11.5%
The Carson City area also saw a decline the number there in July was at 12.2% that went down to 11.6%.
Elko also saw a drop from 6.7% to 6.1%. That is the lowest number in the state.
Down south in Las Vegas the numbers fell from 12.9% to 12.3%
The Nevada Department of Unemployment Training and Rehabilitation says while the job market continues to soften there is an improvement year-over-year.
Governor Brian Sandoval released this statement:
"While I am disappointed that Nevada experienced another slight uptick in the unemployment rate, I am encouraged by the fact that we continue to see signs of modest economic improvement, measured on a year-over-year basis, in these numbers. The improvement, however, is not enough to sustain our economy, which is why we must continue to work to diversify our state's economy and bring jobs to Nevada."
Sen. Harry Reid released this statement:
"Today's numbers highlight the critical importance of creating jobs. The best way to do that is to strengthen Nevada's middle class and our small business community.
"I have been working with my Democratic colleagues to provide tax relief to middle class families, and to help small business owners expand and create jobs for hard working Nevadans. However, these commonsense measures have been met with unconditional obstruction by Senate and House Republicans, regardless of their potential to spur economic growth.
"Just this week, the Senate considered the Veterans Jobs Corps Act, which would have helped to drive our economy forward by ensuring our troops come home to new jobs and opportunities that will allow them to thrive. Unfortunately, my Republican colleagues blocked the bill and instead put election-year partisanship ahead of the men and women who risked their lives to protect our freedoms.
"For over a year, I have been working on a bill that would legalize online poker. This may be the most important issue facing Nevada since Yucca Mountain; this bill means jobs for Nevada. Unfortunately, Republicans have been unable to secure support and I cannot move this legislation without some Republican votes. I will continue to fight to seek bipartisan support to legalize online poker that is important for Nevada's economy. And I urge my Republican colleagues to join me in this effort."
U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley released this statement:
"Today's news should serve as a wake-up call for Washington politicians like Senator Dean Heller, Paul Ryan, and Mitt Romney, who continue to be focused on helping the big guys rather than middle-class job creation. Instead of delivering for hardworking families, the Heller-Ryan-Romney plan would just make things worse by giving even more tax breaks to Wall Street millionaires, corporations that ship our jobs overseas, and big oil company executives making record profits. We must focus all our energy on creating good-paying jobs for middle-class families that can't be outsourced by cracking down on unfair trade policies that cheat American workers out of jobs and helping small businesses hire again."
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