Local unemployment rates across the state were released Tuesday. According to the Office of Labor and Workforce Development, in August, over the month job gains occured in the Worcester area with the remaining eleven areas, for which estimates are published, lost jobs.

In Greater New Bedford, the labor force dropped by close to 600 workers from last month but gained 600 from a year ago. Greater New Bedford's unemployment rate of 10.8% is down 3 tenths of a point from last month and it's the second highest rate in state, with the Greater Lawrence area checking in with a rate of 11.1%.

In the city itself, the rate dropped by half a percentage point from last month at 13 point one per cent but it's still up from a year ago when it was 12 point 5 per cent.