North Country Unemployment Rates Improve, But Still LagPosted: Updated:
North country counties didn't have the worst unemployment rates in the state in January, but they weren't far off.
Hamilton County's had the state's highest rate at 8.3 percent. It was followed by Lewis County with 7 percent and Jefferson County with 6.7 percent.
Two other counties, Allegany and Bronx, also had 6.7 percent.
St. Lawrence County clocked in at 6.4 percent.
All three north country counties improved significantly from the year before. In January 2018, Lewis County had 8.9 percent, Jefferson County had 8.4 percent, and St. Lawrence County had 8.1 percent.
Compared with the month before, Lewis County was up slightly from December 2018's 6.8 percent. Jefferson County improved from December's 7.2 percent and St. Lawrence County improved from its 6.7 percent in December.
Despite the north country's improved jobless rates, it's still behind much of the rest of the state.
The counties with the lowest rates were Nassau County (3.6 percent), Columbia County (3.7 percent), Rockland County (3.7 percent), Albany County (3.8 percent), Dutchess County (3.8 percent), Putnam County (3.8 percent), Saratoga County (3.8 percent), Tompkins County (3.8 percent), Orange County (3.9 percent), Westchester County (3.9 percent).