Long Island’s jobless rate at record low

Long Island’s jobless rate at record low

Pedestrians pass an office location for the New York State Department of Labor Thursday, June 11, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. About 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that many Americans are still losing their jobs even as the economy appears to be slowly recovering with more businesses partially reopening. The latest figure from the Labor Department marked the 10th straight weekly decline in applications for jobless aid since they peaked in mid-March when the coronavirus hit hard. Still, the pace of layoffs remains historically high. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Long Island’s jobless rate fell to a record low 2.7% last month.

Compared with September 2021, last month’s unemployment rate was down 1 percentage point, suggesting continued improvement as the region rebounds from early pandemic job losses, according to state Labor Department data released Tuesday.

On a month-over-month basis, too, the Island saw a decline in its jobless rate, shrinking from 3.4% in August.

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)