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Unemployment up slightly in Nevada

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It's a small change, but it's in the wrong direction.

Nevada's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month of March was 9.7 percent, up from 9.6 percent in February. The increase is the first in 20 months. Prior to March's numbers, unemployment either dropped or held steady.

Las Vegas saw 9.8 percent unemployment for the month, down from 11.7 percent a year ago. The Reno/Sparks area saw 10 percent unemployment for the month, down from 10.1 percent in February.

"Nevada's economy has been improving, and overall, I'm pleased with the general direction of the state's labor market," said Gov. Brian Sandoval.

"So far this year unemployment is down roughly 2 percent, and preliminary estimates show that we have created 25,000 more jobs to date than we had at this point last year," Sandoval continued. "However, the slight uptick in the jobless rate in March underscores that our recovery remains fragile and we must continue our efforts to strengthen and diversify our state's economy."

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller largely echoed Sandoval's sentiments.

"Nevadans have been forced to weather the storm for far too long, which is why I am disappointed our unemployment numbers rose this month. Just last week, Nevada's foreclosure rate returned to the No. 1 spot in the county. It's clear that Congress must do everything within its powers to get the Silver State back to work," Heller said.

"Nevadans are resilient and willing to take advantage of every opportunity to create a better future for their children and grandchildren," Heller continued. "Washington must take a critical look at policies currently in place and take steps that will help create these opportunities. I am optimistic that, with the right policies in place, Nevada will once again return to a period of prosperity."

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