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NV unemployment rate dips slightly in May

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5/AP) -

Nevada's unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent in May from 9.6 percent the previous month.

According to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation about 131,400 people looked for work last month.

This marks the lowest rate since 2008.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-NV, said he knows Nevadans have been working hard to overcome the economic downtown, and he's pleased to see more people working.

"We still have a long way to go towards securing the economic reality the Silver State deserves," Heller said in a statement.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV, called the news encouraging.

"But the economy is not adding jobs as quickly as it should, and we must do more to create jobs and help our economy grow," Reid said in a statement.

Las Vegas' rate fell to 9.3 percent from 9.3 percent.

Despite the dip, Nevada still has the highest unemployment rate in the country, followed by Illinois and Mississippi.

The national jobless rate ticked up to 7.6 percent, according to the Department of Labor.

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