The unemployment report for July in St. Lawrence County shows the picture somewhat improved from June and much better than July 2012.
The unemployment rate for July in the county was 9.3 percent, still the highest county rate upstate, but better than the 9.6 percent rate in June and much better than the 11.0 percent unemployed in July 2012, according to figures reported today by the state Department of Labor.
That translates to an estimated 42,500 people with jobs in the county in July, and 4,400 people without work who were actively seeking a job.
That figure for the number of people employed has been fairly steady, at 42,300 in June and 42,100 in July last year. In comparison, the people without work who were looking for it stood at 4,400 in July, 4,500 in June, and 5,200 in July 2012.
Meanwhile in neighboring Franklin County to our east and Jefferson County to our west, though unemployment is lower, the trend is the same: Franklin County, unemployment at 8.3 percent in July, 8.6 percent in June, and 9.4 percent in July 2012; in Jefferson County, 8.5 percent in July, 8.8 percent in June, and 9.5 percent in July 2012.
The Department of Labor notes that these figures have not yet been modified to account for seasonal factors such as construction and farm work.