I just got this text as a breaking news alert to my cell phone. It might be too early to blame President Obama but well, Governor Deval Patrick has been at the helm for awhile now and Democrats have dominated the State House for ages. Most of our municipal office holders are part of the Democratic machine. THANKS! The area’s unemployment rate has soared to the highest in the Commonwealth.
The New Bedford area’s unemployment soared to 12.6 percent in January, as the country’s economy continued to shed jobs.
The region’s unemployment grew by three percentage points from 9.6 percent in December, and it was more than four percentage points higher than 8.5 percent in January 2008, according to new data from the state Division of Unemployment Assistance.
The city of New Bedford alone had a jobless rate of 15.1 percent in January. The local data is not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations in unemployment, according to the state.