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NV jobless rate down to 9.6 percent in April

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State officials say Nevada's unemployment rate ticked down to 9.6 percent in April.

Data released Thursday by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation shows the jobless rate is down two percentage points year-over-year. It's also down slightly from 9.7 percent in March.

More than 132,000 people are still out of work.

Officials say Nevada added a seasonally adjusted 5,600 jobs between March and April, after the private sector added 6,400 jobs and the public sector cut 800.

The jobless rate has dropped in the state's metro areas. Las Vegas' unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in April, while the rate was 9.7 percent in Reno-Sparks and 10.1 percent in Carson City.

Elko's jobless rate is 5.6 percent.

Republican Sen. Dean Heller said he's glad to see the number declining, but there is still a long way to go.

"Far too many Nevadans are still struggling to make ends meet, which is why I will continue to stand up for policies that make sense and will put the Silver State back on track," Heller said.

Democratic Sen. Harry Reid said a bi-partisan effort is the way to keep the unemployment numbers down.

"I have worked hard to give small businesses new opportunities to expand and hire new workers but Democrats in the Senate can't do this alone," Reid said. "I hope Republicans join us to find a lasting solution that eliminates waste, stabilizes the deficit, and gets Americans back to work."

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the number of jobless claims nationwide jumped to a six week high of 360,000.

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