LISTEN: New Bedford Sees Nation's Largest Unemployment Decline

January 10, 2017

New Bedford has logged the steepest unemployment decline in the country with rates falling from 6.5 percent to 3.7 percent. 
 
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, studying a one year period that ended in November, looked at 400 cities nationwide before crowning New Bedford as the city with the biggest drop in joblessness. 
 
The finding puts the city's unemployment rate at the the lowest level it has seen in 16 years.
 
WGBH All Things Considered host Barbara Howard spoke with New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell about how his city has become a leader in getting people back to work.


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