North Country jobless rates on the rise

North Country jobless rates on the rise
(Source: MGN)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - The North Country’s unemployment rates have climbed since last year at this time.

The state Labor Department released its October jobless numbers on Tuesday.

In Jefferson County, October’s jobless rate was 5.8 percent, up from 4.9 the year before.

In September, the unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.

St. Lawrence County’s unemployment rate last month was 5.4 percent, up from 4.8 percent a year ago.

September’s rate was 5 percent.

In Lewis County, 5.1 percent of people were out of work in October, compared to 4.2 percent the year before.

September’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent.

In April, the first full month of New York’s COVID-19 shutdown, the jobless rate skyrocketed.

At that time, Jefferson County’s rate was 16.9 percent, St. Lawrence County’s was 14 percent, and Lewis County saw 14.4 percent unemployment.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 9.7 percent in August to 9.6 percent in October 2020.

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