CANTON - Unemployment rates for April 2014 are down from last year in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, according to statistics released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor.
Nevertheless, Lewis and Jefferson counties tallied the third and fourth highest jobless rates across the state for the month, respectively. Lewis County had a rate of 8.7 percent in April, down from 10.5 percent in April 2013. Jefferson County had a rate of 8.2 percent, down from 10.1 percent over the same period, St. Lawrence County had a rate of 7.7 percent, down from 9.4 percent, and Franklin County had a rate of 7.5 percent, down from 9.5 percent.
April unemployment rates in all three counties are down from March, when rates were 10.7 percent in Lewis County, 10.1 percent in Jefferson County 9.2 percent in St. Lawrence County and 8.8 percenrt in St. Lawrence County..
Across the 52-county region in upstate New York, the April 2014 unemployment rate fell from 7.4 to 5.7 percent compared with a year ago. Statewide, the rate fell from 7.4 to 6.1 percent during the same period; nationwide, the rate fell from 7.1 to 5.9 percent.