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New Bedford Mayor On The Area's Steep Drop In Unemployment06:52

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Fishing boats docked at the pier in New Bedford in 2004. (Stew Milne/AP)closemore
Fishing boats docked at the pier in New Bedford in 2004. (Stew Milne/AP)

According to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Bedford experienced the biggest decline in its unemployment rate of any metro area in the country. The unemployment rate was cut almost in half in just one year, from 6.5 percent in November 2015 to 3.7 percent in November 2016.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell cautioned against complacency, saying, "There are still too many residents who are under-employed or don't have the skills to fill positions that are available."

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Jon Mitchell, mayor of New Bedford, which tweets @NewBedford_MA.

This segment aired on January 11, 2017.

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