Published Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 | 4:28 p.m.
Updated Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 | 4:48 p.m.
WASHINGTON -- More than 5,000 jobs have been saved or created in Nevada from the economic recovery act, according to data released today at recovery.gov.
Nevada saved or created 6 percent more jobs per capita than the nation as a whole, according to the White House Recovery Office.
The new data is sure to reignite the debate in Nevada over whether the state got its fair share of the stimulus and whether Carson City is spending the money fast enough.
Of the $987 million headed to Nevada, $314 million has been received. So far, 5,667 full-time jobs have been created or saved with the funding.
States were required to submit data to the recovery office for today's release. The recovery.gov Web site also tracks spending in each state as reported by federal agencies.
Money was allocated to the states by historic formulas established by Congress over the years and states could compete for competitive grants in some spending categories, the White House said.