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Nevada Jobless Rate Ticks Down to 8.7%

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State officials say Nevada's unemployment rate ticked down to 8.7% in January.

The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Monday that the January jobless rate was down three-tenths of a percentage point from 9% in December.
 
The department says Nevada saw its 37th month of year-over-year job growth, and has added nearly 61,000 new private sector jobs in the past three years.
 
State economist Bill Anderson says job losses from business closures are at historic lows, and job gains from business openings are rebounding.   (AP) 

Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement on Nevada's unemployment rate falling to 8.7% in January.
 
"Nevada has come a long way during the economic recession. And while this is welcome news, unfortunately far too many continue to look for a job. To help Nevadans looking for work, we need to ensure that we make badly-needed job-creating investments, and provide the lifeline of unemployment insurance to those who have lost their job through no fault of their own--so they can continue to feed their families, and pay their bills.
 
"I'm pleased that last week we finally reached an agreement to extend long term unemployment insurance for 5 months. The Senate will quickly move to act on this compromise when we return to Washington next week. Nevadans who are out of work deserve this peace of mind while they continue to search for work."

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

"I am encouraged to learn that more Nevadans across the state are getting back to work. The steady job growth is encouraging. Still, more work must be done to provide economic security in families all across this great state. Last week, I was pleased to announce a bipartisan deal along with Senator Jack Reed and several of my Democratic and Republican colleagues to restore benefits for Nevadans currently seeking work. I am a firm believer that our state's best days are ahead and I look forward to working with my colleagues on long-term proposals to turn our economy around," said Senator Dean Heller.

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