Regional jobless rate continues slow slide

Long Island’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in August, down 0.4 percentage points from a year ago, the Labor Department announced Tuesday.

Nassau County’s rate decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 3.9 percent, while the Suffolk rate dipped 0.4 percentage points to 4.3 percent.

By comparison, New York State’s rate was 4.9 percent and the national rate was 5 percent, economist Shital Patel told Innovate LI.

The Long Island rate was topped only by Ithaca, which enjoys a 3.7 percent unemployment rate. New York City’s 5.7 percent rate is the highest in the state, followed by Elmira at 5.2 percent.