The unemployment rate in St. Lawrence County edged up two-tenths of a percent to 9.7 percent in October.
The rate fell to 9.5 percent is September, the first time it was less than 10 percent in a year.
In Franklin County, to our east, the unemployment rate for October also rose two-tenths of a percent, to 9.2 percent from an even 9 percent in September.
To our west, in Jefferson County, the rate jumped half a percentage point from September to October, from 8.9 percent to 9.4 percent.
A year ago, in October 2011, the jobless rate in St. Lawrence County was 9.5 percent; in Jefferson County, 9.1 percent; and in Franklin County, 8.3 percent, nearly a full point lower than today.
Elsewhere upstate, among the highest rates were in Oswego, also showing a 9.7 percent unemployment rate for October; Fulton County had a 10.1 percent rate; joblessness in Orleans County, in the Rochester area, was at 10.2 percent; and in New York City, the Bronx had a 12.5 percent rate, and Kings County, Brooklyn, was at 9.9 percent.