The unemployment rate in St. Lawrence County continues to fluctuate, rising to 9.6 percent in June after falling to 9.2 percent in May, according to figures from the state Department of Labor.
That puts St. Lawrence County once again at the top of the unemployment figures for upstate counties outside of urban areas, but the preliminary figures show a substantial drop from 10.8 percent the year before, in June 2012. The only county in the state with a higher rate is The Bronx, with 11.8 percent unemployed in June.
The report indicates that 42,200 people in the county had jobs in June, down from 43,200 in May, and comparable to the 42,300 reported in June 2012.
The number of people without jobs in the county is measured at 4,500 in June, up from 4,400 in May, and down significantly from the 5,100 jobless in June 2012.
In comparison, the jobless rate in June in Jefferson County, to our west, stood at 8.8 percent in June, down from 9.0 percent in May, and lower than the 9.4 percent rate reported in June 2012.
To our east in Franklin County, the June jobless rate was 8.6 percent, down from the rate in May of 8.9 percent, and from the 9.5 percent tally in June 2012.
These DOL figures are preliminary, and have not been adjusted for seasonal variations, according to the department.