July 19, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement today regarding the June employment report for Nevada, indicating a 9.6% unemployment rate.
“I am disappointed that Nevada’s unemployment rate increased. Although the national economy has made progress, for those still unemployed in Nevada and elsewhere, the recovery will not be a reality until they start earning a paycheck once again.
“We need to make job creation a priority, and not yield until our state is back on track and all hard-working Nevadans who want jobs have one. Democrats have been working hard to pass commonsense measures that will strengthen America's small businesses and expand the middle class. However, too many Republican colleagues, especially those in the House of Representatives, have refused to work with us to secure our nation's long-term recovery. That needs to change. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made it very clear that Republicans’ meat-axe policies are the main drag on our economy. The American people are tired of manufactured crises and short-term deals that kick the can down the road. It’s time to get rid of the sequester and return the Senate to regular order. With so many challenges facing our state and our nation, we all must do our part to ensure that every Nevadan who wants to work has that opportunity.”