Yes, Gloucester's February unemployment rate of 10.2 percent is better than the 11.2 percent figure for the same month in 2011.
Yet, the latest jobless rate is indeed more than 30 percent above the state's latest rate of 7.5 percent. And the statistics tell us that more than 1,600 people in Gloucester's state-recognized labor force are indeed out of work.
To that end, this is a very good time for nonprofit groups such as Action, Inc., the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, North Shore Career Center and the Boston-based Eliot Community Human Services to cosponsor a major job fair on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elks at Bass Rocks on the Back Shore.
Organizers say attendees will be able to have face-to-face interviews with some 18 local and employers. That's an important community service for fair organizers and these employers to provide — and all deserve a round of thanks.