St. Lawrence County jobless rate jumps dramatically in January to 12.1%
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 2:36 pm

The St. Lawrence County unemployment rate jumped 2 percent from December to January, to more than 12 percent

Outstripping most other upstate counties, the jobless rate in St. Lawrence County rose by two full points, from 10.1 percent in December to 12.1 percent in January, according to figures released Tuesday by the New York State Department of Labor.

This January’s figure equals the rate in January 2012. The rate had been 9.4 percent in November 2012.

To our west, in neighboring Jefferson County, the rate rose a point and a half, from 10.8 percent in December to 12.3 percent in January, compared to 11.9 percent in January 2012.

In Franklin County, immediately to our east, the rate for January stood at 11.8 percent, up from 10.1 percent in December. In January 2012, the rate was more than a full percentage point lower, at 10.7 percent.

The DOL says that rates are calculated following procedures prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s unemployment rate relies in part on the results of a telephone survey of 3,100 households (out of more than 7 million) in New York State.

These figures have not be adjusted for seasonal factors.