The north country's unemployment numbers rose between June and July. Plus, St. Lawrence County has the highest jobless rate in upstate New York.

That's according to numbers released Tuesday by the state Labor Department.

However, the jobless picture has improved over the past year.

St. Lawrence County's jobless rate went up in July to 8.3 percent.  That compares to 7.8 percent in June.

It's unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in July 2013.

Jefferson County's rate was 7.1 percent in June.  It went up slightly to 7.3 percent

In July of 2013, the rate was 8.7 percent.

Lewis County's rate was 7.1 percent in July, up from 7 percent in June.

The unemployment rate dropped 1.4 percent from a year ago.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July 2014 remained unchanged at 6.6%, its lowest level since November 2008.

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

- Bronx (11.2 percent)
- Kings (8.6 percent)
- St. Lawrence (8.3 percent)
- New York City (8 percent)
- Richmond (7.8 percent)
- Oswego (7.7 percent)
- Jefferson (7.3 percent)
- Lewis (7.1 percent)

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates include:

- Hamilton County (3.9 percent)
- Saratoga County (4.7 percent)
- Tompkins County (4.8 percent)
- Yates County (4.9 percent)
- Columbia County (5.0 percent)

See the state's news release