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NV lawmakers react to March jobs report

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The U.S. jobless rate dropped just slightly to 7.6 percent after some 88,000 jobs were added in March.

Nevada's lawmakers in Washington weighed in Friday in response to the new numbers.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, had this to say on the March numbers:

"Today's employment report again shows that our economy cannot afford more self-inflicted setbacks like the sequester. We need to focus on growth, not austerity. To spur greater job growth, Republicans should work with Democrats to make job-creating investments and replace the sequester with a balanced approach to deficit reduction that combines smart cuts with revenue measures such as closing tax loopholes for the very wealthy. We all know this recovery has a long road ahead, and nobody knows it better than the workers who have lost their jobs in Nevada and across the nation. But only Congress can undo the serious effects of Republicans' harsh austerity. I hope my Republican colleagues will put partisanship aside and work with us for the good of the middle class."

Sen. Dean Heller, R-NV, weighed in with this statement:

"Today's jobs report proves yet again that economic growth is far too slow. The percentage of Americans participating in the labor force fell to the lowest in nearly thirty-four years. Nearly one-quarter of all Nevadans are either underemployed or have given up looking for work altogether. The status quo is simply unacceptable, which means Washington must be willing to take a critical look at current policies and make the hard decisions that will get our economy back on track. I remain committed to turning things around and look forward to working with members of both parties as we move forward to secure opportunities and a brighter future for generations to come."

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