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State Unemployment Rises, First Time in 20 Months

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The state unemployment rate rose from 9.6 percent to 9.7 percent in March, which is the first rise in 20 months. However the rate dropped or stayed the same in the major metropolitan areas along with Elko..

The latest jobs report from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation shows the Reno/Sparks rate dropped from 10.1 to and even 10 percent, while Carson City's rate dropped from 10.7 in February to 10.6. Elko saw a drop from 5.9 percent to 5.8 and Las Vegas stayed the same at 9.8 percent.

One reason for the decline in the overall rate was weak hiring for non-farm jobs. According to the DETR report, non-farm jobs typically expand by 7,300 jobs but this year they only added about 4,400. That resulted in a seasonally adjusted decline in the unemployment rate.

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement regarding the Nevada unemployment figures released earlier today:

"Nevadans have been forced to weather the storm for far too long, which is why I am disappointed our unemployment numbers rose this month. Just last week, Nevada's foreclosure rate returned to the number one spot in the country. It's clear that Congress must do everything within its power to get the Silver State back to work.

"Nevadans are resilient and willing to take advantage of every opportunity to create a better future for their children and grandchildren. Washington must take a critical look at policies currently in place and take steps that will help create these opportunities. I am optimistic that, with the right policies in place, Nevada will once again return to a period of prosperity," said Senator Dean Heller.

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