Good News, Bad News For North Country Jobless Rate

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The north country continued to have some of the highest unemployment rates in New York in May, according to the state Labor Department.

For the second month in a row, Lewis County had the state's second highest jobless rate - 9.3 percent.

St. Lawrence County had the fourth highest rate at 9.2 percent, while Jefferson County rounded out the top five with 9 percent.

There is a bit of good news to report - the jobless numbers dropped across the tri-county region between April and May.

In fact, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties saw their rates decrease by more than 1 percent.

Jefferson County's unemployment rate dropped .6 percent.

The counties in New York state with the highest unemployment rates include:

- Bronx County (11.2%)
- Lewis County (9.3%)
- Oswego County (9.2%)
- St. Lawrence County (9.2%)
- Jefferson County (9.0%)

The counties in New York state with the lowest unemployment rates include:

- Tompkins County (5.1%)
- Putnam County (5.8%)
- Saratoga County (5.8%)
- Rockland County (5.9%)
- Yates County (5.9%)

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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