May unemployment rates in two north country counties fell compared to the same time last year, but the rate in one county remained relatively flat.
According to statistics released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor, the May jobless rate for Jefferson County decreased from 4.8 percent last year to 4.5 percent in 2019, and in Lewis County, the May rate dropped from 4.7 percent last year to 4.5 percent in 2019.
The unemployment rate in St. Lawrence County, however, only decreased slightly from 5 percent last year to 4.9 percent this year.
The May jobless rates for Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties were also down from their respective April rates of 5.3 percent, 5.8 percent and 5.2 percent.
Statewide, the May jobless rate remained relatively flat, slightly increasing from 3.7 percent to 3.8 percent. The nationwide rate decreased from 3.6 percent last May to 3.4 percent.