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Lawmakers weigh on Dec. U.S. jobless rate

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The United States added about 155,000 jobs in December, ending 2012 at a 7.8 percent unemployment rate. The rate was actually steady from the month before.

Nevada's Congressional delegation released the following statements following the release of the national jobs report on Friday.

"Our economy continues to grow and create jobs, but for those still unemployed in Nevada and throughout the nation, the recovery will not be a reality until they start earning a paycheck once again. To keep our recovery going, we need to avoid another knock-down, drag-out fight over whether to default, or to pay our nation's existing bills. Republicans are threatening to once again hold the full faith and credit of the United States hostage in order to force cuts to Social Security and Medicare. If our recovery is to take off, we must forego this kind of reckless, partisan brinksmanship, and work together to find solutions that work for the middle class."

--Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV

"Our nation's unemployment number remains far too high and Nevadans are continuing to struggle. With the debt ceiling looming dangerously close, Washington's failure to act right now will result in devastating consequences for Nevada's families and businesses. Earlier this week, I supported a bipartisan plan to make tax relief for the middle class permanent. Now, Democrats and Republicans must come together and put a stop to excessive spending. Reining in spending is the only way to lay the groundwork for economic opportunity for future generations. By working together, I am confident that we can propel this country to a time of greater optimism and success."

--Sen. Dean Heller, R-NV


"While it is encouraging that our economy added 155,000 jobs last month and that 155,000 more Americans will be working in 2013, it is clear that we must do a better job at getting people back to work. An unemployment rate close to eight percent is nothing to celebrate and I am hopeful that the permanency of tax rates resulting from the fiscal cliff deal will allow us to build on this modest gain. There is much work to be done on improving the economy and overall fiscal health of our nation. In the days and weeks ahead, I look forward to working with my colleagues to further reduce spending, tackle comprehensive tax reform, and address the major drivers of our debt. Those types of policies will strengthen the economy and put us on a path to prosperity."

--Rep. Joe Heck, R-NV

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