Economic Snapshot – December 2012

Average per-gallon milk price paid to N.Y. dairy farmers

Up 13.9 percent in 12 months

$2.04 in December 2012
$1.98 in November 2012
$1.79 in December 2011

Source: NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Average upstate N.Y. price for gallon of regular unleaded gas

Up 6.3 percent in 12 months
$3.72 in December 2012
$3.86 in November 2012
$3.50 in December 2011

Average north country region price for gallon of home heating oil

Up 2.9 percent in 12 months
$3.96 in December 2012
$3.94 in November 2012
$3.85 in December 2011

Average north country region price for gallon of residential propane

Down 12.9 percent in 12 months
$2.97 in December 2012
$2.96 in November 2012
$3.41 in December 2011

Source: NYS Energy Research and Development Authority

Open welfare cases in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties (cash assistance)

Up 0.9 percent in 12 months
1,973 in December 2012
1,969 in November 2012
1,954 in December 2011

Source: Social Services Dept. of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties

Single-family homes sold by Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors

Number sold down 14.4 percent, price up 8.5 percent in 12 months
95, median price $140,000 in December 2012
118, median price $144,250 in November 2012
111, median price $129,000 in December 2011

Single-family homes sold by St. Lawrence Board of Realtors

Number sold down 21.2 percent, price up 1.7 percent in 12 months
41, median price $77,000 in December 2012
58, median price $80,000 in November 2012
52, median price $75,750 in December 2011

Source: Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors Inc. and St. Lawrence County Board of Realtors.

Nonagricultural jobs in tri-county area (not including military positions)

Down 0.3 percent in 12 months
91,100 in December 2012
91,100 in November 2012
91,400 in December 2011

Unemployed rates by county (not seasonally adjusted)

 Jefferson County

Up 0.4 percentage points in 12 months
10.4 in December 2012
9.4 in November 2012
10.0 in December 2011

Lewis County

Up 0.9 percentage points in 12 months
10.7 in December 2012
9.0 in November 2012
9.8 in December 2011

 St. Lawrence County

Up 0.3 percentage points in 12 months
10.2 in December 2012
9.4 in November 2012
9.9 in December 2011

Source: NYS Department of Labor

Vehicles crossing Thousand Islands, Ogdensburg-Prescott and Seaway International (Massena) bridges

Down 2.7 percent in 12 months
364,251 in December 2012
411,040 in November 2012
374,381 in December 2011

Source: T.I. Bridge Authority, Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority, Seaway Int’l. Bridge Corp

 Passengers at Watertown International Airport (inbound and outbound)

Down 19.5 percent in 12 months
2,931 in December 2012
3,035 in November 2012
3,640 in December 2011

Source: Jefferson County Board of Legislators

U.S. Canadian dollar exchange rate (number of Canadian dollars per U.S. dollar)

Down 3 percent in 12 months
$0.99 on Dec. 24, 2012
$0.99 on Nov. 23, 2012
$1.02 on Dec. 23, 2011

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of N.Y.

New automobiles registered in Jefferson County

Cars

Down 1 percent in 12 months
316 in December 2012
379 in November 2012
319 in December 2011

Trucks

Unchanged in 12 months
87 in December 2012
106 in November 2012
87 in December 2011

Source: Jefferson County Clerk’s Office

Due to updates in some categories, numbers may differ from previously published prior month and year figures.