St. Lawrence County’s unemployment rate dropped from 9.4 percent in July to 9.1 percent in August, but that makes St. Lawrence the only upstate county with a rate higher than nine percent.
But that is much lower than the 10.4 percent jobless rate reported in August last year, according to the numbers reported by the state Labor Department today.
The latest jobless numbers reflect some improvement in the employment picture across the North Country.
In neighboring Franklin County to our east, the rate dropped one-tenth of a point from 8.3 percent in July to 8.2 percent in August. In August last year, their rate stood at nine percent.
To our west in Jefferson County, the rate improved from 8.5 percent in July to 8.3 percent in August, and as elsewhere, is considerably better than the 8.8 percent rate reported in August last year.
The figures reported today are considered preliminary and are not yet adjusted to compensate for normal seasonal variations.