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Statewide Unemployment Drops to 10.2%

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Unemployment numbers that came out around 8am Friday morning show drops across the board.

The statewide rate went down from 10.8% in November to 10.2% December.

The Reno/Sparks area saw a drop to 9.6% from 9.9%.

Carson City saw a drop to 10.1% down from 10.4%.

In Elko the number went down to 5.2% that is down slightly from 5.3% in November.

Las Vegas' rate fell to 10%, from 13.3% in December 2011.  

The Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation says they are pleased the state of Nevada was able to end the year on a positive note.

Governor Brian Sandoval released a statement saying:

"I'm pleased that we've ended the year on a positive note, with four straight months of decline in the unemployment rate and a gain of nearly 19,000 jobs in December compared to a year ago, but we have much more room for improvement,"

Senator Dean Heller released the following statement:

"As Nevada continues to climb out of this recession, never has it been more important that Washington enact policies that will spur growth and ignite our economy. Congress has waited more than 1,350 days to pass a budget, which has caused uncertainty among businesses and families and made it difficult for Nevadans to move forward. I remain committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in order to make drastic changes to the budget process and help secure a stronger future for the Silver State."

Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement:

"I am encouraged that Nevada's economy continues to move in the right direction. However, for those in Nevada and across the nation who are still unemployed, the recovery will not be a shared reality until they start earning a paycheck again. We must stay focused on creating jobs and strengthening our state's middle class to maintain this positive momentum.

"Moving forward in our recovery is within our power so it's a shame that Republicans are threatening to again hold the full faith and credit of the United States hostage in order to force cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Middle class Nevadans and Americans rely on these crucial programs and it is unacceptable to put their livelihoods in jeopardy.  

"We can continue forging a path toward long-term economic success by avoiding another knock-down, drag-out fight over whether to default, or to pay our nation's existing bills.  If our recovery is to take off, Republicans needs to forgo brinksmanship and work with Democrats on what matters most- creating jobs and protecting middle class Americans."

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