Jobless rate down on LI, but no relief in sight

The unemployment rate has decreased on Long Island, but it's not all good news for the local economy since the number of people actually working

WOODBURY - The unemployment rate has decreased on Long Island, but it's not all good news for the local economy since the number of people actually working is also down.

The latest numbers from the Department of Labor show the jobless rate on the Island was at 6.6 percent in October, which is down from the month before and from last year, when the unemployment rate was at 7 percent.

Economists, however, say the unemployment rate only takes into account those people who are actively looking for jobs, but many Long Islanders have been unemployed for so long that they've stopped trying.

According to a recent News 12/Hofstra University poll, only 22 percent of Long Islanders believe that if they were to lose their job tomorrow, it would take them less than six months to find a comparable job. Twenty-six percent of responders say that it would take them a year to find employment, followed by 16 percent who say they might never find a comparable job. Twenty-nine percent of people say they are currently not working.

According to the numbers, only one sector, professional and business services, added jobs over the past year. The largest job losses occurred in hospitality and manufacturing.

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