From the outside looking in, the numbers from the Labor Department reflect a positive trend. Unemployment is down big time in the New Bedford area. The largest drop out of 387 metros.

The year ending November 2016, saw unemployment plunge nearly 3 percentage points. Now, the jobless rate in the New Bedford area is down to 3.7%. You have to turn the clock back to the turn of the century to see lower unemployment numbers.

New Bedford Mayor Mitchell chimes it's vital to keep pushing the policies and projects that have led to growth. Here are four reasons for us to do a big double-take over these numbers.

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