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July unemployment declines in three NNY counties

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CANTON - Unemployment rates for July are down from last year in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, according to statistics released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor.

But tte unemployment rate for Franklin County went up in July for the first time in months, and the number of people actually working in the county stayed the same.

Franklin County’s unemployment rate increased from 6.9 percent in June to 7.3 percent in July, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the state Labor Department.

Franklin County’s unemployment picture, however, is better than it was a year ago in July, when the unemployment rate was 8.5 percent.

The number of people listed as unemployed in July –– 1,600 –– increased from June’s number of 1,500, the state said.

The number of people employed stayed the same at 20,100 in June and July, according to the Labor Department figures.

In July 2013, 20,600 county residents were working.

The Bronx still has the title for the hardest-hit county in the state, coming in at 11.2 percent unemployment.

The lowest rate in the state belonged to Hamilton County at 3.9 percent.

The state’s private sector job count increased by 140,600 from July 2013 to July 2014. In July 2014, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,603,300, an all-time high. The July 2014 private sector job gains marked New York state’s 20th consecutive month of private sector job growth, the state’s longest streak on record since at least 1990, according to the Labor Department. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July 2014 remained unchanged at 6.6 percent, its lowest level since November 2008.

Jefferson County posted a jobless rate of 7.3 percent in July, down from 8.7 percent in July 2013. Lewis County had a rate of 7.1 percent, down from 8.5 percent over the same period, while St. Lawrence County had a rate of 8.3 percent, down from 9.5 percent.

July unemployment rates in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties increased, however, from June, when they were 7.1, 7.0 and 7.8 percent, respectively.

Across the 52-county region in upstate New York, the July unemployment rate fell from 7.3 to 6.2 percent compared with a year ago. Statewide, the rate fell from 7.8 to 6.8 percent during the same period; nationwide, the rate fell from 7.7 to 6.5 percent.

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