Unemployment jumped in the city in January, going to 8.2 percent, up from 5.4 percent in December, according to figures released Wednesday from the state Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
FALL RIVER – Unemployment jumped in the city in January, going to 8.2 percent, up from 5.4 percent in December, according to figures released Wednesday from the state Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
The city’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in January of 2017.
The monthly release showed that the city had a workforce of 40,329 in January, with 37,032 employed and 3,297 unemployed.
Fall River was tied with New Bedford for the ninth highest unemployment in the city.
MASSACHUSETTS: The state unemployment in January was 4 percent, up from 3.1 percent in December. The rate one year ago was 4.5 percent. Massachusetts had the 16th lowest unemployment among the 50 states, tied with Kansas.
RHODE ISLAND: Unemployment in Rhode Island was listed at 5.3 percent in January, up from 4.2 percent in December and above the 2017 average of 4.5 percent. (All the numbers used in this story are from the lists of not seasonally adjusted figures.) Rhode Island was listed at number 32 among the states, tied at that spot with Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia and North Carolina.
The U.S. unemployment was 4.5 percent, up from 3.9 percent in December and above the 2017 average of 4.4 percent.
TOP FIVE COMMUNITIES: The only communities with unemployment higher than Fall River and New Bedford were eight towns in Cape Cod and the islands. The top five were: Provincetown, 22.2 percent, Truro, 14.4; Wellfleet, 12.4; Nantucket, 10.9 and Edgartown, 10.6.
LARGER CITIES: After Fall River and New Bedford, unemployment rates in the state’s larger cities were: Lawrence, 7.3 percent; Springfield, 6.7; Brockton, 5.1; Lowell, 4.5; Lynn, 4.2; Worcester, 4.0; Quincy, 3.4; Boston, 3.3; Cambridge, 2.2.
LOCAL COMMUNITIES: Somerset, 4.7 percent in January, up from 3.2 percent in December; Swansea, 5.0, up from 3.4; Westport, 6.6, up from 3.8; Tiverton, 5.9, up from 4.2.
Taunton, 5.0, up from 3.8 percent in December; Berkley, 4.2, up from 3.1; Dighton, 4.5, up from 2.8; Freetown, 4.9, up from 3.3; Lakeville, 4.1, up from 3.2; Raynham, 4.0, up from 3.2; Rehoboth, 4.1, up from 2.9.
BRISTOL COUNTY: Unemployment in January was 5.7 percent, up from 3.9 percent in December. Five of the state’s 14 counties had higher unemployment. Dukes County, which covers Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands, had unemployment of 5.9 percent, Nantucket County, 5.8.
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