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Suffolk Notebook: Unemployment Rises in September

Jobless rate at 7.3 percent.

The jobless picture in Suffolk County grew a bit more bleak in September, as the state's department of labor said the county's unemployment rate climbed in the month.

The percentage of residents filing for jobless benefits rose to 7.5 percent compared to 7.3 percent in September of 2011. The rate fell, however, compared to August's 8.2 percent unemployment, according to the labor department.

In the county, the Town of Babylon had the highest unemployment rate at 8.6 percent, though the Village of Lindenhurst eclipsed that with 8.7 percent unemployment.

Islip had the second highest jobless rate, at 8.1 percent.

Unemployment on Long Island also grew in September to 7.3 percent, compared to 7.1 percent in September 2011.

September 2012 Labor Force Data Labor Force Employed Unemployed

Unemployment Rate (%)

Nassau-Suffolk 1,462,000 1,354,600 107,400 7.3 Suffolk County 778,400 719,900 58,500 7.5 Babylon Town 110,300 100,800 9,500 8.6 Brookhaven Town 257,100 237,900 19,300 7.5 Huntington Town 105,900 99,000 6,900 6.5 Islip Town 176,500 162,300 14,200 8.1 Lindenhurst Village 14,400 13,200 1,300 8.7 Riverhead Town 16,400 15,100 1,200 7.6 Smithtown Town 60,500 56,500 4,000 6.6 Southampton Town 28,700 26,900 1,900 6.5 New York City 3,959,100 3,610,400 348,800 8.8 New York State 9,539,800 8,756,300 783,500 8.2
Laura October 28, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Where are the green jobs? Where are the shovel ready jobs? I can only talk about my family. One of my son's wad going to go back to college. He decided to wait. He was afraid of the debt he would create. My other son get low paying minium jobs. I was planning to fix my house and move. It has been 4 years. Is the best you want to achieve the same as 4 years ago?Pres. Obama has broken his promises to us. His plan for us has failed. Give Romney a chance. You gave Obama a chance.
Reality Check October 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
RE: GASOLINE PRICING Yahoo! REALLY...that is FAR from an unbiased, intelligent source!! Nice try!! When was the last time this country allowed a refinery to be built???? According to the NPRA -Nat'l Petrochemical and Refiners Association, the last small refinery was in 1993 and the last major refinery was....in Garyville, LA in 1976!!! We now have 2 refineries on the way...but it takes 7 years for air permits and there is a chance that they will not come on line due to the Sierra Club!! In 1982 there were over 240 refineries in operation, and now we are under 150...I would tend to think that if the President of the US wanted lower gas prices, he could get it done...after all, he sure knows how to eat up fuel in Air Force 1!!! http://cnsnews.com/news/article/us-govt-agency-plans-284-billion-loan-oil-refinery-colombia http://blog.gasbuddy.com/blogpostv2.aspx?msg_pg=3&category=1715&topic=431871&postid=476&ign=2. http://freedombytheway.com/2011/03/02/yippee-two-new-oil-refineries-in-development-first-in-us-in-35-years/
Big_E October 28, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Unemployment peaked at 10.0% in October 2009 during the height of the Bush Recession. It is now 7.8%, which is DOWN 22%. The "stock market" (DJIA) is UP over 60% since Obama took over. Housing starts were at a 4-year high in September. We are moving in the right direction. 4 More Years!
John Gruber October 28, 2012 at 07:24 PM
actually no, there's nothing wrong with those two links regardless if they contradict what you think, they are in fact, true. and I can see the concept of "supply and demand" is lost on you. Regardless of the amount of refineries, the demand is so high the price can be set basically at the companies' discretion, regardless of what the president says/does, his policies have VERY LITTLE implications on the price of gas. If you think the president has that much influence on the price of commodities you clearly don't know how a capitalistic supply and demand economy works. http://money.howstuffworks.com/president-gas-prices.htm http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/business/gas-prices-are-out-of-any-presidents-control.html?_r=0 even the allegedly conservatively biased NPR http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/03/13/148518457/blaming-presidents-for-higher-gas-prices-misses-bigger-picture
John Gruber October 28, 2012 at 07:35 PM
to be straight I'm not defending Obama just point out some problems with the facts you presented 1) Any President has little to nothing to do with the day to day price of gas (look up "free market/supply and demand) 2) any future changes in the debt is speculation, regardless if it's getting bigger or smaller or who's the one doing it 3) Many of the unemployment/welfare numbers are the result of the 2006-2008 economic crisis, not his own doing 4) the ramifications of said crisis were/are so deep-rooted it was not/is not going to be fixed in 4 years regardless of who was president. just some things to think about
Ralebird October 28, 2012 at 09:49 PM
The Sierra Club? Give yourself a reality check.
Reality Check October 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Let me ask you this...the Administration put AMERICAN CAPITAL-$535M into Solendra (bankrupt)...he put AMERICAN CAPITAL-$70M into Abound Solar(also bankrupt)....sorry, but if we put that same AMERICAN CAPITAL into AMERICAN refineries versus those in Columbia or the drilling rigs in Brazil, would we still be having this conversation? I understand how capitalism works...I dont think Obama does! PS NPR is FAR from being 'Conservative' IMHO!
Spencer Tracy October 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM
The idea that Obama is to blame for all our current ills is ludicrous. As if all this just suddenly erupted as soon as he stepping in. It is the political right and the policies they pushed for decades that brought upon this mess. It is the fault of Democrats for adopting their economic policies as they sold out to the corporate/moneyed class. There has been no greater friend to the banks and Wall Street than the Republicans. Then Bill Clinton came along and fulfilled the Republican dream of deregulation when Glass-Steagall fell. It's no wonder he's still loved on Wall Street to this day. We will not come out of this nosedive because accountability is dead in America. We pick and choose who to blame. Meanwhile none of them are working for regulars Americans, forget the growing poor and the weak. The middle class will continue to be hallowed out by outsourced jobs and technology. We need to give Americans support, not cuts. Where exactly are you going to create jobs? Will we keep swallowing the BS myth of the "job creators"? You mean the ones who get subsidies from the government and go on to ship jobs abroad and not pay their taxes? Socialism and entitlement for the wealthy has been embedded in our system, so much so that we all speak in market speak. Was it Obama who shipped jobs abroad? Was it Obama who told you to consume mindlessly and demand all of that consumption be cheap and not ask yourself how that exactly is possible?
Spencer Tracy October 28, 2012 at 11:41 PM
FoxConn, Walmart, Amsplat, and many other companies that are facing worker strikes are fast becoming the norm in the business world, where workers have been relegated to the resource column of the balance sheet with little interest for protecting them as the valuable assets they really are. Until our political dialogue acknowledges this fact, any chance of real democracy is but a pipe dream. Corporations applying tunnel-visioned price tags onto everything in this world has had a disastrous effect on our collective way of life. Keep defending the likes of Wal-mart and keep telling yourself you're all for the working class without ever stopping to think about it.
Spencer Tracy October 28, 2012 at 11:41 PM
The most disgusting thing I see in America is working people turning on working people. You think unions are to blame for this? It's a perfect picture of divide and conquer. America is on its way to being a third world nation where the wealthiest at the top have the time of their lives, completely disconnected from the rest of Americans who will struggle to put food on their tables and pay their bills or afford that medication. To top it off, the people at the top will complain about entitlements for the rest. Of course the jobs they ship abroad and the taxes they evade won't be discussed. "The Left moved Right, and the Right moved into the nuthouse." This is an apt description of America. Written by a decades long Republican: The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted Get a clue people.
Spencer Tracy October 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Let me be clear, Obama has just followed in Clinton's footsteps who adopted the political right's economic philosophy. See, trickle down economics is already here. Remember, corporations are global, it's a buyer's market for them when it comes to labor. It's not the corporations of old where what happens to GM and Ford happens to all of us. Get behind workers rights or get behind corporations and Wall Street and their enablers in office on both sides of the aisle.
Preliator October 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Romney's Investments at Bain Capital with PRIVATE money; AMC Entertainment Burger King Burlington Coat Factory Clear Channel Communications Dominos Pizza Guitar Center Dunkin Donuts Sports Authority Staples Toys "R" Us Warner Music Groups All are staples of American life. Obama's Investments with TAXPAYER money; Solyndra - bankrupt Ener 1 - bankrupt Beacon Power - bankrupt Abound Solar - bankrupt Amonix Solar - bankrupt Spectra Watt - bankrupt Eastern Energy- bankrupt A123 Systems- bankrupt All of these companies were Obama Campaign contributors. You can elect a man who was a successful businessman and venture capitalist who created thousands of jobs and billions in wealth... or You can re-elect a fool who pretended to be something he was not and wasted trillions of taxpayers dollars.
Drtee-Dancer October 29, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Your assestment is scary - definitely need a change. Thank you.
John Gruber October 29, 2012 at 02:03 AM
no I don't think you do. Regardless of where the refineries are, dependency on gas is so high companies can charge whatever they want because no matter what the president can't tell them what to charge and we will buy it. Did you ever stop and think as to WHY he invested money in alternative energy sources? To reduce our dependency on it, and thus demand which means prices will drop AKA supply and demand
Robert McDowell October 29, 2012 at 02:15 AM
i am glad none of your votes or ideas matter since you vote in new york. Lets just sell out to coporate america and bain capital. Workers have no need for unions. The 40 hour work week holidays osha were just given to us by the nice corporations!
cwa October 29, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I forgot to mention vacation days, workers comp, social security, i am sure Bain Capital would have voluntered all of these benefits!
Concerned Citizen October 29, 2012 at 02:39 AM
There should be a law that requires minimal intelligence and awarness to be allowed to vote. Some of you would not be voting next Tuesday.
Walter Isaacs October 29, 2012 at 03:03 AM
you forgot tapping into government funds by pillaging corporate pensions
Greg Martinez October 29, 2012 at 04:19 AM
It is no accident that the leader of the current regime chose "FORWARD" for his slogan this year. "FORWARD" was a commonly used slogan of socialists and yes, even Communists. http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/apr/30/new-obama-slogan-has-long-ties-marxism-socialism/ http://www.theblaze.com/stories/forward-for-communism-is-obamas-new-forward-slogan-really-a-coincidence/
Nat October 29, 2012 at 04:35 AM
The reason there are fewer refineries is because refining is a notorious low margin business. Energy companies prefer to drill and leave refining to others. However, things maybe changing: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/25/business/energy-environment/cheaper-oil-and-gas-give-a-lift-to-the-refining-business.html?pagewanted=all
Walter Isaacs October 29, 2012 at 04:39 AM
watcha got in that pipe Martinez.... To believe the blaze it must be funny.
Jaguar-Guy October 29, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. Obama caught in another lie. He specifically stated that when he found out about the attack on the Consulate, "he made sure the people on the ground were safe, and got the help that they needed". He did not. The White House listened for 7-8 hours to the live fire-fight, and specifically DENIED the requests on the ground of help from "those folks" Obama swore he'd defend and protect. Sure, "he got them what they needed". What a national embarrassment and scandal. He KEEPS lying, and praying for election day to come sooner.
Rick Hoyt October 29, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Spencer has a clue, Hegelian Dialectic has been in effect for Generations, People it Doesn't Matter, which party or President will be elected, No White Knights Period.No Strong Middle Class, No Real America, Corporate Welfare, Food Stamps , QE3, Not Buying What they're selling on the Propaganda Machine, Now go back to your Regularly scheduled Diversionary event - Khardashian's Or Football Game, Don't Forget to stock up on the MSG and Aspartame.From a Trickle, becomes a mighty River, it starts somewhere - Vote Gary Johnson.
Preliator October 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Do you really want to waste a vote on Obama, a man who is going to be impeached if re-elected?
Jaguar-Guy October 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM
I do not think that will ever happen, nor should it. He has not been "under oath", and you cannot fault a President that way for terrible decisions alone. Sure guys, I'll vote Gary - Not.
Preliator October 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM
You are probably right Jag, Obama is never held accountable for...anything.
Tom Dewick October 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Hey Spenc, Nice use of the DNC talking points which everybody knows is pure hogwash.
John Gruber October 29, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Huzzah!
John Gruber October 29, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Greg the only thing I can say is try to be a little more informed
Spencer Tracy November 05, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Hey Tom, you probably don't spend a lot of time thinking I'd wager. Pure hogwash he says but dares not take on any of the points-typical. Did you read the "get a clue" part? This book is written by a decades long Republican: The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted http://www.amazon.com/The-Party-Over-Republicans-Democrats/dp/0670026263 DNC talking points? Did you even bother reading, I know it takes effort. Can't wait to fill up your cart with made in China junk or from outsourced jobs huh? Flying that Made in China US flag nice and high? Republicans are the worst, completely oblivious and the Democrats are cowards who sold out. Get a clue Tom.

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