WOODBURY - A News 12-Hofstra poll found that most Long Islanders feel less financially secure than they did this time last year.

According to the poll, 47 percent of Long Islanders feel less secure, while 35 percent say they feel as secure as they did last year. Around 15 percent say they feel more secure this year than they did last year.

New York State Department of Labor spokesman Mark Grossman says he believes the unemployment rate has a lot to do with the numbers.

"The problem is there are still people who are long-term unemployed," Grossman said. "Six months, a year or more and we have to find those people employment."

Those residents who are employed told News 12 they feel less secure due to the high cost of living on the Island.