St. Lawrence County’s unemployment rate went up in June to the highest in the state and 900 fewer people were working than in the same month last year, according to the state Department of Labor.
DOL says there were 2,900 people receiving unemployment benefits last month and 2,800 in June 2016. The rate was 6.9 percent last month and 6.5 percent the same month last year, DOL said.
There were 39,800 people working last month and 40,700 people working in June 2016, DOL said.
To the east in Franklin County, the unemployment rate rose and the number of employed dropped. They had 1,100 people on the dole in June and 1,000 in June 2016. The unemployment rate went to 5.6 percent last month from 5 percent in June 2016, DOL said.
There were 18,700 people employed in June and 19,000 in June 2016, DOL said.
To the west in Jefferson County, the unemployment rate went up but the number of people working held steady.
They had 2,500 people receiving benefits in June 2017 and 2016, but their unemployment rate went up to 5.4 percent last month from 5.2 percent in June 2016, DOL said.
There were 44,700 people employed there last month and in the same month in 2016, DOL said.