The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8% last month, dropping below 8% for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away.
Nevada lawmakers are reacting to the job numbers.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV--
"We still have a lot of work to do, but with unemployment dropping below 8 percent to the lowest level in four years, our economy is on the right track. The unemployment rate fell even after more than four hundred thousand people entered the workforce. There are still far too many people looking for work in Nevada and across the nation, but today's report shows that the balanced policies advanced by President Obama and Democrats in the House and Senate are working to move our economy forward."
"We could be moving even faster if Republicans would drop their knee-jerk obstruction and work with Democrats. My counterpart, Senator McConnell, said that his 'single most important' goal was defeating President Obama, not working to create jobs or grow the middle class. It's time for Republicans to put politics aside, and put the middle class first."
Sen. Dean Heller, R-NV--
"Any news of job creation is welcome, and I hope we see further improvements in our economy in the months ahead. However, far too many remain out of work, underemployed, or have given up looking for employment. Our economy remains anemic and the policies coming out of Washington have failed to provide the stability and certainty our economy needs to truly flourish. Massive government spending and excessive regulations are constraining our nation's potential for real economic growth that will put millions of unemployed Americans back to work. Nevada has led the nation in unemployment for nearly three years. It's clear that the policies coming from Washington have not done enough to get our state and nation working again. That is why job creation is and continues to be my top priority, and I will continue fighting for pro-growth policies that will get Nevadans back to work," said Senator Dean Heller.
Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-NV--
"While it is encouraging that the unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level in almost four years in September, with far too many Nevadans still struggling and out of work, now is not the time to lose sight of our top priority - creating good-paying jobs and putting middle-class families first. That's why I'll continue to wake up each morning working to make Nevada the clean energy jobs capital of the country, to give our small businesses the tools to grow and expand, and to make sure all families in Nevada have access to good-paying jobs and economic opportunity. Unfortunately, instead of working to create jobs, Washington Republicans like Senator Dean Heller, Paul Ryan, and Mitt Romney share a Wall Street first, middle-class families last agenda that continues to prioritize the wealthy few, Big Oil companies, and other Wall Street special interests at the expense of hardworking families."
State Sen. Steven Horsford, D-NV--
there is still much work to be done getting Nevadans back to work, our economy
is beginning to turn the corner. As our unemployment rate continues to drop and
our country moves forward, Washington's number one priority must be creating
jobs for the middle-class. In Congress, I will fight for working families just
as I have done in Carson City. Smart and targeted investments for
infrastructure projects will get workers back on the job right now, and if we
continue to diversify our economy, Nevada will come back strong. My opponent,
Danny Tarkanian, has no experience creating jobs. He's only interested in
privatizing Social Security, voucherizing Medicare, and balancing the budget on
the backs of seniors and working families."
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