The Herald News, Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Page A12

By Kevin P. O’Connor
Email: koconnor@heraldnews.com

Fall River — The city’s unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in April, down from 7.9 percent in March. The April rate is the lowest yet this year. Unemployment averaged 6.5 percent in 2016.

The workforce was listed at 40,072 in April, down from 40,274 in March. There were 37,256 people listed as employed and 2,816 as unemployed.

Fall River has the eighth highest unemployment of 351 cities and towns.

MASSACHUSETTS
For April, 3.8 percent, down from 3.9 percent in March. Rhode Island, 4.3, unchanged from March. U.S., 4.1, down from 4.6 in March. (All numbers used are not seasonally adjusted.) Massachusetts had the 20th lowest unemployment, tied with Missouri. Rhode Island was 23rd, tied with five other states. The state with the lowest unemployment was Colorado at 2.3 percent (seasonally adjusted). The highest rate was in New Mexico, at 6.7 percent (seasonally adjusted).

TOP FIVE COMMUNITIES
Provincetown, 20.5 percent: Truro, 13.8; Monroe, 9.6; Wellfleet, 8.9; Edgartown, 8.1.

TOP FIVE CITIES
Lawrence, 7.4; Fall River, 7.0; Springfield, 6.9; New Bedford, 6.6; Brockton, 5.3.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Somerset, 4.3 percent in April, down from 4.5 percent in March; Swansea, 3.9, down from 4.6; Westport, 4.8, down from 5.5; Tiverton, 4.1, down from 4.8; Dartmouth, 4.0, down from 4.6.

Taunton, 4.7, down from 4.8; Berkley, 3.9, down from 4.0; Dighton, 3.8, down from 4.2; Freetown, 4.2, down from 4.4; Lakeville, 3.8, down from 3.9; Raynham, 3.8, unchanged; Rehoboth, 3.6, down from 3.8.

BRISTOL COUNTY
April unemployment, 4.8. It is the sixth highest unemployment among the state’s 14 counties. Dukes County is first, at 6.2 percent. Middlesex is lowest at 3.1.