LI jobless rate dips below 4% in April

Long Island’s unemployment rate dropped below 4 percent in April for the first time in nine years, the Labor Department reported Tuesday.

Nassau’s rate dipped 0.5 points to 3.7 percent, while Suffolk’s decreased 0.6 points to 4.1 percent, giving the region a combined 3.9 percent rate. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

New York’s jobless rate for the month was 4.6 percent. Nationally, it stands at 4.7 percent.

There were 58,000 Long Islanders seeking jobs in April. Freeport Village (5%) and Hempstead Village (4.8%) posted the highest rates, the Labor Department said. Long Beach and North Hempstead had the best jobless rate, at 3.4 percent.

The region’s unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in April 22015.