2 North Country Counties Among Worst For Unemployment

2 North Country Counties Among Worst For Unemployment

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Jefferson County had the second-highest jobless rate in New York state in November, according to state labor department statistics.

Jefferson County's 6.8 percent was eclipsed only by tiny Hamilton County's 9.9 percent. St. Lawrence County also ranked in the bottom five in the state.

Jefferson's unemployment rate was up half a percentage point from last November's 6.3 percent, and the worst November unemployment report since 2014, when the rate was 7.1 percent. It was 5.4 percent in October.

Lewis County's November rate dropped slightly from the same month the year before, from 6.1 percent to 5.9 percent. It was 5.2 percent in October.

St. Lawrence County gained nearly half a percentage point from 6 percent in November 2016 to 6.4 percent last month. St. Lawrence County's rate was 5.7 percent in October.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 4.8 percent to 4.7 percent, November 2016 to November 2017.

The five best rates across the state were:

- Queens County (3.5 percent)
- Columbia County (3.6 percent)
- New York County (3.6 percent)
- Richmond County (4 percent)
- Saratoga County (4 percent)

The five worst were:

- Hamilton (9.9 percent)
- Jefferson (6.8 percent)
- Allegany (6.5 percent)
- St. Lawrence (6.4 percent)
- Oswego (6.4 percent)

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