North Country Still Has Some Of State's Highest Jobless Rates

North Country Still Has Some Of State's Highest Jobless Rates

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Although the north country saw little change in its unemployment rate, it continues to have some of the highest numbers in the state.

The Labor Department released its January 2018 jobless figures Tuesday.

Lewis County's January unemployment rate was the region's highest with 8.8 percent, down .4 percent from the year before.

Jefferson County's rate went up a tenth of a percent to 8.4 percent.

In St. Lawrence County, the jobless rate dropped from 8.3 percent last year to 8.1 percent in 2018.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.7 percent in January.

The five best rates across the state were:

- Queens County (4 percent)
- New York County (4.1 percent)
- Nassau County (4.5 percent)
- Kings County (4.6 percent)
- Richmond County (4.6 percent)

The five worst were:

- Hamilton County (11.4 percent)
- Lewis (8.8 percent)
- Jefferson (8.4 percent)
- Schuyler (8.2 percent)
- Oswego (8.2 percent)

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