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Nevada ranks 2nd worst for working dads

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Nevada ranked the second worst in the nation for working fathers, according to a study by WalletHub.

The study compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia on several factors including average length of the work day, child care costs, male life expectancy and unemployment rates.

It found that Nevada ranked the worst for highest child-care costs and the highest unemployment rate for dads with young kids. It was 48th for lowest median family income and highest male uninsured rate.

Nevada's rankings were poor across the board, even in categories in which WalletHub took cost of living into account.

"Cost of living in Nevada is one of the cheapest in the country," said Jill Gonzalez, an analyst with WalletHub. "Nevada still hasn't rebounded as a state from the great recession as much as some other states have."

Kevin Ray, a working father in Las Vegas, said he was surprised when he heard about the results of the study.

"Well, first of all, Happy Father's Day to all the fathers!" Ray joked. "I've been working since I've been here, but you've got to take what you can get. When it's bad, you've got to take what you can get."

The latest numbers released by the state indicate Nevada has a 4.7 percent unemployment rate. Gonzalez said that number spikes to 6.5 percent for men with children under 18 years old, which is the worst in the country.

WalletHub also blamed the quality of daycare services and local school districts for the poor ranking.

"How much of that (family) income is going right to child care? In Nevada that's over 12 percent of the family's income," Gonzalez said. "Unfortunately the daycare quality is not in the upper echelon here... so it's the sense that you're paying top dollar for some mediocre daycare."

"When my kids were children I had to pay a lot, but that was back in Chicago," Ray said. "It's probably double here. I can believe that."

Mississippi was listed as the worst state for working dads and Connecticut was the best.

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