July 2013 unemployment rates released by the state Department of Labor today show Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties improved from last year.
Compared to July 2012, the July 2013 unemployment rate decreased in Jefferson County from 9.5 to 8.5 percent, Lewis County from 9.2 to 8.4 percent, and St. Lawrence County from 11.0 to 9.3 percent.Jobless numbers in July in the tri-county area also dropped from June 2013. Jefferson County decreased from 8.8 to 8.5 percent, Lewis County from 9.0 to 8.4 percent, and St. Lawrence County from 9.6 to 9.3 percent. Although St. Lawrence County showed improvement, though, it recorded the third highest unemployment rate statewide in July.
By contrast to July 2012, the July 2013 unemployment rate in upstate New Yorks 52-county region decreased from 8.6 to 7.2 percent. Over that same period, the statewide rate dropped from 8.9 to 7.6 percent, and the nationwide rate fell from 8.6 to 7.7 percent.