While Septemtber unemployment rates have dropped across the north country, there has been an even sharper drop in the number of people working in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
In comparison to September 2013, Jefferson County’s unemployment rate has dropped from 8.6 to 6.6 percent. Lewis County’s rate is down from 8.2 to 6.7 percent and St. Lawrence County’s is down from 8.2 to 6.8 percent.
However, the number of people working in the three counties is down by 2,000, or 2 percent, from last year, led by St. Lawrence County’s loss of 900 jobs. Jefferson County lost 700 positions and Lewis County 400.
The state’s private sector job count increased by 120,500 from September 2013 to September 2014, according to a release from the state Department of Labor. The number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,614,500, an all-time high.
Overall, the 52-county upstate region’s unemployment rate fell from 6.9 percent to 5.5 percent. The downstate 10-county region saw the rate drop from 7.6 to 5.7 percent.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 6.4 to 6.2 percent in September, its lowest level since October 2008.