Island unemployment rate inches higher

Long Island’s unemployment rate ticked up to 4.2 percent in June, rising 0.2 percentage points from a year ago as additional workers began looking for jobs.

About 63,000 Long Islanders are seeking jobs, including 4,000 new hopefuls.

Nassau County’s rate increased by 0.3 percentage points to 4.1 percent, while the Suffolk rate increased by 0.2 percentage points to 4.3 percent. By comparison, New York State’s rate was 4.5 percent and the national rate was also 4.5 percent.

In Nassau, the highest pockets of unemployment were in Hempstead Village (5.2 percent) and Glen Cove (5.0 percent). Long Beach, North Hempstead and Hempstead Town posted rates of 3.8 percent, the county’s lowest.

In Suffolk County, Southampton Town unemployment was at 3.7 percent, while Lindenhurst Village and Brookhaven Town posted rates of 4.7 percent.