Titus on Nevada jobless jump: “Our work is far from over”

In light of the news that Nevada’s unemployment rate increased to 13 percent in December, Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. issued the following statement:

“Over the past year I have talked with families in Southern Nevada that are struggling to make ends meet. I know the toll that this economic recession has taken on our community and I have and will continue to focus all my efforts on creating jobs in Southern Nevada as well as addressing the foreclosure crisis. Today’s unemployment numbers tell us what we already know; our work is far from over.

“When I came to Washington a year ago, the country was losing more than 700,000 jobs a month due to the failed economic policies of the past eight years. The previous Administration steered our economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression and left us facing a financial crisis that threatened our entire economy.

“The road to recovery has not been easy and there will continue to be bumps along the way, but the steps we have taken – the largest package of tax cuts in history, investments in renewable energy that will diversify our economy and create jobs, and millions of dollars of investments in education and infrastructure – will put us on the path to a stronger economy. It is critical that the Governor puts this money to work quickly and efficiently in order to get people back to work.

“It took years to send our economy into the tailspin that left Nevada facing record unemployment, and I am fighting everyday to turn our economy around and create good jobs. Earlier this week, these efforts resulted in $6 million for Nevada to train workers for the skills they need for emerging industries like energy efficiency and renewable energy. As we work to diversify our economy and take advantage of our abundant renewable resources, we must have a workforce that is prepared to get the job done.

“From extending unemployment benefits that will assist Southern Nevadans weather this storm to holding housing workshops that give families the answers they need from their lenders, I will do everything in my power to fight for the people in District Three during this difficult time.”

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