Unemployment drops on Long Island

The unemployment rate on Long Island dropped for the second straight month to 6.6 percent, according to data released by the state today.

The new rate for April is an improvement over the previous month of March, when the unemployment rate stood at 7.2 percent.

Nationally, the number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week by the largest amount in three months. New applications for unemployment benefits rose to 471,000, up by 25,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department said.

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