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Lawmakers weigh on Feb. U.S. jobs report

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Nevada lawmakers weighed in on Friday's jobs report, which showed gains of 236,000 positions in February. The national unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV, released the following statement:

"Today's numbers show that our economy is growing, and is poised to grow even faster in the months to come. There is still much work to be done to bring unemployment down in Nevada and across the nation. The first step is to replace the sequester with a balanced combination of smart spending cuts and policies that close wasteful tax loopholes and ask millionaires to pay their fair share. But this can only be done with cooperation from my Republican colleagues. The American people expect solutions from their elected officials. It is up to Congress to provide them with the solutions they deserve."

Sen. Dean Heller, R-NV, had this to say on the jobs report:

"Today's decrease in the unemployment rate is encouraging, and I hope this is a positive pattern for our economy. Considering this jobs report comes at a time when Nevada leads the nation in unemployment and our state's gaming revenues declined as recently as January, we still have a long way to go towards securing the economic recovery the Silver State needs. As Nevada and our nation continue to struggle with high unemployment, finding common ground to move our nation forward is more critical today than ever. Congress has not passed a budget in nearly four years, and our nation is nearly $17 trillion in debt. Just this week, I introduced a bipartisan jobs bill to help address the skills gap and ensure that workers are being trained for the jobs that are available. Common sense measures like this will not only place our country on the right economic path, but help get Americans back to work."

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