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Nevada Jobless Rate Down to 9.6% in April

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State officials say Nevada's unemployment rate ticked down to 9.6% in April.

Data released Thursday by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation shows the jobless rate is down two percentage points year-over-year. It's also down slightly from 9.7% in March.

More than 132,000 people are still out of work.

Officials say Nevada added a seasonally adjusted 5,600 jobs between March and April, after the private sector added 6,400 jobs and the public sector cut 800.

The jobless rate has dropped in the state's metro areas. Las Vegas' unemployment rate was 9.6% in April, while the rate was 9.7% in Reno-Sparks and 10.1% in Carson City.

Elko's jobless rate is 5.6%. (AP)

Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after Nevada's unemployment rate decreased from 9.7 to 9.6 percent in April:

"Our state's unemployment has slowly improved but Nevadans are still struggling to find work. To maintain this progress, we must remain vigilant to protect the middle class and improve the small business community. I have worked hard to give small businesses new opportunities to expand and hire new workers but Democrats in the Senate can't do this alone. I hope Republicans join us to find a lasting solution that eliminates waste, stabilizes the deficit, and gets Americans back to work."

Governor Brian Sandoval this morning issued the following statement after the release of April's unemployment numbers:

"I am pleased that we had solid job growth in April which included another decline in the unemployment rate. Our current 9.6 percent unemployment rate is significantly below the state's all-time high of 14 percent and compared to a year ago, our state has gained 20,000 jobs.

"Difficult circumstances, however, continue for many of our fellow citizens and Nevada still has a long way to go.  We must continue to pursue sound workforce and economic development policies which help all Nevadans benefit from expanding job opportunities."

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