(Las Vegas, NV) – Unemployment numbers released late last week revealed that Lyon County continues to lead the state in unemployment in June, the same month seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley voted against the Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act. The bill would create nearly 800 jobs in Lyon County, which is struggling to overcome a 14.8% unemployment rate.
“Lyon County’s unemployment rate was the highest in the state in June, but seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley still sided with the Washington D.C.-based environmental group League of Conservation Voters instead of with Nevadans. It’s clear that when push comes to shove, Congresswoman Berkley is looking out for her interests and the interests of her party’s bosses rather than with struggling Nevadans,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
· Unemployment rate in Lyon County is the highest in the state at 14.8%. The average unemployment rate for the county in 2012 is 16.0%, also the highest in Nevada.
· In March 2012, Dean Heller introduced legislation to convey federal land to the City of Yerington that would allow Yerington and Nevada Copper to develop over 10,000 acres of land for the Nevada Copper Pumpkin Hollow project.
· On June 19, 2012, Shelley Berkley voted against the House counterpart to Dean Heller’s legislation. The bill would create nearly 800 jobs in Lyon County.