Many unemployed Nevadans protest NV jobs going to out-of-state workers | NevadaAppeal.com

Many unemployed Nevadans protest NV jobs going to out-of-state workers

RENO (AP) – About 200 people, many of them unemployed, joined a protest today in Reno over what they call an “epidemic” of jobs in economically troubled Nevada going to out-of-state companies and workers.

Demonstrators marched about a mile from downtown Reno to the University of Nevada-Reno campus. Speakers at a rally there said two major university construction projects involve workers from Arizona, California and Utah.

UNR officials say the five largest, recent campus projects were all awarded to Nevada-based contractors.

The protest was organized by leaders of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada/AFL-CIO, who noted Nevada’s record 13.4 percent jobless rate is second highest in the nation behind’s Michigan’s 14.1 percent.