WOODBURY - New numbers from the state Department of Labor show the unemployment rate on the Island currently stands at 6.9 percent, down only slightly from the year before. In Nassau, the jobless rate in Sept. 2011 was 6.7 percent, down from 7.2 percent the year before. In Suffolk, the rate dropped from 7.3 percent in Sept. 2010 to 7 percent. Economist Dr. Irwin Kellner says these latest figures should be taken with a grain of salt since Long Island lost more than 8,000 positions during the same time period, which means that there are fewer people who are actually employed."It's always employment that's important because it reflects people that are actually making money," he says.