North Country Jobless Rates Still Some Of NY's Highest

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Although the jobless picture has improved over the past year, the north country continues to see some of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

The June jobless numbers were released Tuesday.

According to the Labor Department, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties remain in the top five in terms of the state's highest rates.

Jefferson County's rate was 7.1 percent in June, down 7.5 percent in May.

It's down 2 percent compared to June of 2013.

Lewis County's rate was 7 percent in June, compared to 7.4 percent in May.

The unemployment rate dropped 2.1 percent from a year ago.

St. Lawrence County's jobless rate went up slightly from 7.7 percent in May to 7.8 percent in June.

It's unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in June 2013.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June 2014 fell by .1 percent to 6.6 percent, its lowest level since November 2008.

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

- Bronx (10.8 percent)
- Kings (8.3 percent)
- St. Lawrence (7.8 percent)
- Oswego (7.8 percent)
- Jefferson (7.1 percent)
- Richmond (7.1 percent)
- Lewis (7 percent)
- Steuben (7 percent)

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates include:

- Hamilton County (4.2 percent)
- Saratoga County (4.5 percent)
- Tompkins County (4.5 percent)
- Putnam County (4.6 percent)
- Columbia County (4.8 percent)

See the state Labor Department's news release
 

Thursday, December 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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