HICKSVILLE - New concerns have arisen about any chance of an economic recovery after a jump was reported today in the national jobless rate.

Emanuel Ramondino, a father of three who lives in New Hyde Park, says he is out of a job for the first time in 14 years, joining a huge pool of people who are out of work. The Labor Department reported today that the national unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent.

Long Island's unemployment rate went down .5 percent to 6.6 percent, but one local economist says that number is likely higher because some people have been out of work for so long, many of them have stopped collecting unemployment and are no longer being counted.