Lewis, Jefferson Counties Have Some Of NY's Highest Jobless Rates


Lewis and Jefferson counties have New York's first and second highest unemployment rates outside of New York City.

The news comes from the state Labor Department, which has made some changes in the way it reports the jobless numbers.

The latest report does not include a month-to-month comparison of unemployment figures as it has in the past. 

Previous news releases also listed the counties with the highest and lowest unemployment rates.

Tuesday's release reports only the counties with the lowest jobless figures.

7 News asked the Labor Department why the changes were made, but we haven't received a response.

Lewis County's unemployment rate was 10.9 percent in February, up from 10.2 percent in January and down from 12.4 percent the year before.

In Jefferson County, the jobless rate was 10.5 percent in February, up from 10 percent in January.

However, it was down from 11.7 percent in February 2013.

St. Lawrence County had a 9.7 percent unemployment rate in February, up from 9.5 percent the previous month.

In February of 2013, the rate was 10.8 percent.

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

 - Bronx County (12%)
 - Lewis County (10.9%)
 - Jefferson County (10.5%)
 - Orleans (10.2%)
 - Oswego & Hamilton counties (10.0%)

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

- Tompkins County (4.9%)
- Nassau County (5.8%)
- Albany County (6.0%)
- Putnam County (6.0%)
- Rockland County (6.1%)

Monday, December 5, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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