Fall River unemployment rate hits 14.5%

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) – Fall River’s unemployment rate is one of the worst in the Bay State at 14.5%. Residents say they are struggling to find work, though the city claims that there are hundreds of jobs available locally.

Cristal Rios, who relocated from Chicago to Fall River one year ago, has been struggling to find a nursing job to support herself and her family.

“I’m trying to sit here and do the best for my family and make ends meet. But I can’t do that when there’s no jobs out here,” Cristal told Eyewitness News.

This has resulted in many people, Cristal included, visiting the Fall River Career Center in an effort to secure employment.

Executive Vice President of the Fall River Office of Economic Development, Kenneth Fiola, believes there are plenty of job opportunities in the region.

“I don’t want to make light of it,” Fiola said, “But I take solace in the fact that there are 800 jobs available today in Fall River.”

Fiola believes that the unemployed have opportunities but need to “find within themselves to go out and actually apply themselves.”

Fall River’s unemployment rate actually decreased from January to February, but it’s yet to be seen if this will be a temporary or permanent trend.

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