Suffolk Notebook: Unemployment Rises in October

In other news, Suffolk County P.D. took over patrols of the Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway on Tuesday night.

Suffolk County's unemployment rate in October rose year-over-year, according to the State Department of Labor, from 7 to 7.3 percent.

According to the DOL, Suffolk saw 3,300 more individuals in the county file for unemployment last month than October 2011 – up to 57,500. However, numbers show, the county's unemployment rate dropped month-over-month, down slightly from 7.5 percent unemployed in September.

Statewide, unemployment jumped from 8 to 8.2 percent, while New York City stayed flat at 9.2 percent. 

Within Suffolk County, Smithtown reported the lowest unemployment rate at 6.3 percent, while Babylon Town reported the highest with an 8.3 percent jobless rate.

October 2012 Labor Force Data   Labor Force Employed Unemployed Unemployment Rate (%) Babylon Town 111,600 102,300 9,300 8.3 Brookhaven Town 260,400 241,400 19,000 7.3 Huntington Town 107,200 100,400 6,700 6.3 Islip Town 178,500 164,700 13,800 7.7 Riverhead Town 16,600 15,300 1,200 7.3 Smithtown Town 61,200 57,300 3,900 6.3 Southampton Town 29,200 27,300 2,000 6.7 Suffolk County 788,000 730,600 57,500 7.3 Nassau-Suffolk 1,480,600 1,374,600 106,000 7.2 New York City 3,988,900 3,622,200 366,700 9.2 New York State 9,620,200 8,822,600 797,600 8.3

County P.D. Takes Back L.I.E., Sunrise Highway Patrols

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco announced this week that Suffolk County Police Department's Highway Patrol Bureau was taking back patrols of the Long Island Expressway and the Sunrise Highway from County Deputy Sheriffs.

The switch occurred at 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

County officials and the deputy sheriff's union remain in talks over an agreement, and said they would work together to keep the roads safe. Though union president Anthony Prudenti told Newsday he "totally disagreed" with the decision to remove sheriffs from the roadways.

According to Newsday, former County Exec Steve Levy placed the deputy sheriffs on the roads during his tenure and guaranteed they would continue to patrol the roads through 2017.

"We will work together to ensure an orderly transition," Bellone said in a statement.

Linda Otta November 25, 2012 at 01:04 AM
We had 203,000 people in the Town of Huntington as per the US Census. 107,200 are considered work force? Who makes up the rest of the almost 100,000 people in the Town of Huntington? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington,_New_York
Inga Binga November 25, 2012 at 01:08 AM
The Nassau-Suffolk numbers are much less than than NY State as a whole so I'm glad I rejected the false promises of Randy Outsourcer and voted Tim Bishop back in. Outsourcer would be busy laying people off right now. The only way Outsourcer helps us is to spend money running losing campaigns every 2 years. He gives those door knockers that I slam the door against a few weeks work ;)
Argile November 25, 2012 at 01:19 AM
If you can tell us Tim Bishop's plan for rejuvenating Long Island by all means I'm listening.
Argile November 25, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Your silence is deafening .Didn't really think your vote through all the way did you Inga? Democrats definitely voted blind this election. "How fortunate for governments that people do not think" -- Hitler
Monique Hennings November 25, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I suppose your comments show you to be a graceful winner. And since your guy won, why is it necessary to be so misleading? Yes, Romney got less votes than McCain (not McClain), but only by a couple of hundred. A fair-minded person would also point out that Obama himself received fewer votes than he did in 2008, but by several thousand.
Fred November 25, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Inga, do you realize those door knockers are probably volunteer's not paid employee's? Do you realize that taking that attitude with people of a different party will not magically convince them to see things your way, rather incite them to work harder to win? And finally, however you feel about Altshuler, do you realize by reelecting Bishop, you voted for a man how was abused his office for personal gain? The 1st District race was a great snap shot of modern us politics, where corrupt and unqualified candidates run against rich out of touch capitalists.
Walter Isaacs November 25, 2012 at 05:27 AM
I can't say about outsourcer, but McMahon has been bouncing checks, so much for the benevolent employer. http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2012/11/21/checks-issued-by-mcmahon-campaign-reportedly-bounce/
Argile November 25, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Who cares Walter. People vote for corrupt politicians all the time even after they've been convicted (Charlie Wrangel ring a bell?) People vote with hate. Not with an ounce of common sense.
Drtee-Dancer November 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM
@John Gruber - Please get your nat'l. debt numbers right - the nat'l. debt under 8 years of Pres. Bush went from 5.9 trillon to 10.6 trillon - these numbers include close to a trillon dollars payed out in TARP funds which was payed back during Pres. Obama's first 4 years & spent - under Pres. Obama in 4 years, the nat'l. debt went from 10.6 to 15.8.
Justin Time November 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Wow..7.3% that means that 92.7% of Suffolk is employed! I bet some of that 7.3% arent even looking. Sad though that schools arent turning out qualified students to fill alot of the vacancies. The middle class jobs are not being filled cuz it is beneath alot of grads to even attempt learning to fill them. We need more BOSES type training, Charter schools, and, yes, home schools. Our "Educators" need to change strategy and teach what creates jobs, not just to "push through" the students to the next level. Obama is doing the best, he needs help from each American, starting at home, to the class room and to the job market. Look at yourself first, before blameing Obama.
John Gruber November 25, 2012 at 02:53 PM
drtee dancer, can you please tell me what 5.6 trillion + 5.9? trillion is? it's 11.5. I said 10 trillion as a rough estimate without having the exact numbers in front of me. And it doesn't matter how much was paid back, he increased the debt from 5.6 to 10.6 trillion. What do you think the majority of the 6 trillion Obama has spent has gone to? bail outs and you won't know how much they'll pay back, and no, not all of Bush's TARP money has been pad back either, and some of what was paid back was not cash, rather equity. They are both responsible for spending 11 trillion that they didn't have, which was my original point
Linda Otta November 25, 2012 at 03:35 PM
If 203,000 people reside in Town of Huntington and 107,200 are considered working how does that add up to 7.3%?
Big_E November 25, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Under the age of 18? Over the age of 65? Illegal Immigrants (sorry, undocumented human beings) who are counted by census workers but since they don't pay into the system, can't collect unemployment?
Arnold Timer November 25, 2012 at 04:18 PM
John Gruber November 25, 2012 at 04:26 PM
"he has sat back and allowed the middle east to build to the boiling point it now is at" since when did it become the President's responsibility to play babysitter with countries that don't get along? That area has been disputed for and under dispute for CENTURIES, and the thinking that we have to police the world is exactly why no one likes America
Stinker November 25, 2012 at 06:01 PM
You are arguing about numbers that you shouldn't trust. At all. Nobody can give anyone accurate unployment data. Don't be a mark and question authority. Don't let the federal media complex set the narrative. The picture is significantly worse than is portrayed by the uneducated, agenda driven, civil servants who are living great while the federal tax based prison camp inhabited by us that are still employed support them.
Stinker November 25, 2012 at 06:02 PM
It's called lying.
Factual November 25, 2012 at 08:12 PM
To Walter - Revenue has never been an issue - going back to Eisenhower. Look at IRS collection figures going back to 50 years (they are easily obtainable). It is always about spending. Even John Kennedy knew you do not raise taxes in a recession - lowering taxes was one of Kennedy's acknowledged accomplishments and is discussed in just about every book ever written about him. To J. Gruber - if it is not our business then and we should not be policing the world then why did the Obama administration intercede to help install Morsi in Egypt (who has just instituted dictatorial rules and has dismissed legislative or judicial oversight of any of his decisions)? When he had the chance to help an anti American group take over in Egypt he had no problem. The Obama administration then committed $2 billion a year to support what we now know is anything but a Democracy. Obama after having pushed Morsi into power has sat by a watched him institute an autocracy and has thus created a powder keg in that country. Obama has sat by and watched 40,000 executed by their "government" in Syria and has done nothing. He will allow Iran to develop a nuke that Henry Kissinger says will change the world order. Obama sits by and watches Putin turn back to the old Russia, and he has turned his back on eastern Europe and NATO. Who cares if the radicals out there hate us - in the end all those who share our democrat views will plead with us to help. This administration has no moral compass.
Inga Binga November 25, 2012 at 08:26 PM
This is Patch Rob, you think I check in every 10 minutes, lol. Plus you quote Hitler, LOL. Tim Bishops plan for rejuvenating Long Island? Tim's in charge of all of Long Island now? Whatever......... as long as he supports the progressive Democrats and fights against the regressive Republicans he gets my vote. Sorry I slammed the door in your face when you came shilling for Outsourcer, hope your nose is better now ;)
Inga Binga November 25, 2012 at 08:30 PM
107,200 is the labor force. Not everybody who lives in the Town of Huntington is part of the labor force. Children, retiree's, spouses who stay home and watch the children....they are not considered part of the labor force.
Argile November 25, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Thank you for admitting that you voted for Bishop other than he's a democrat. I voted for Bishop too the first few times. Then I realized he wasn't doing anything for the 1st district other than voting with his party line. But that's the difference between being an informed voter and being one that just has no clue what's been going on.
John Gruber November 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM
one word: oil. you're blaming Obama for people dying in Syria? Sorry but no logical line of thinking leads to that conclusion. You're complaining about a paltry 2 billion, how much do you think a 3rd war is going to be? Then if we did invade Syria you'd complain even more how much our current administration spends, so which is it? You're argument doesn't make sense and is solely and attempt to criticize the president for something he has nothing to do with. you're views that we need to police the entire world is exactly why no one respects Americans. And you talk about moral compass, yet our previous administration (one I assume you supported) invaded a country under false pretenses. so lets not talk about moral compasses, this president just doesn't feel like invading sovereign countries solves all problems, something I'd have to agree with
Goin' Commando November 26, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Yes, I understand from talk radio that actually 126.5% of the workforce should be considered unemployed, and that the numbers are all false.
Walter Isaacs November 26, 2012 at 02:13 AM
@factual, you make my argument, even Genghis Khan raised taxes for war, in the history of man, only GW Bush lowered taxes during war. If you want to cite Eisenhower, remember that during his administration the top tax bracket was 91%.
John Gruber November 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM
so the word "they" instead of "the" made it difficult? Interesting. Anyway, those 4 million jobs that could be filled do NOT count for "less than 1%, and I'll prove it. there are about 13 million people out of work with a labor force of about 170 million to get an unemployment rate of about 7.8%. Now for a little basic math, if those 4 million jobs were filled the unemployment number will drop to 9 million. 9 million unemployed out of a labor force of 170 million equals an unemployment rate of 5.29%, a difference of MORE THAN 2.5%.
John Gruber November 29, 2012 at 12:17 AM
and what's so confusing to understand that "many of those jobs" I mentioned in that post are outsourced to or contracted by companies in Asian countries?
Jim November 29, 2012 at 07:38 PM
What's this we sh!t? You DON'T LIVE IN THE TOWN OF HUNTINGTON ANY LONGER. Please stop posting on NY patch sites. STFU already!
Jim November 29, 2012 at 07:41 PM
You really have no clue what you're talking (or writing about). If TOH has 203,000 residents, this is made up of seniors (retirees), children, college students and others who are NOT part of the 107,200 person LABOR FORCE. Not every residents is/can work. Retirees are residents not part of the labor force. Children are residents not part of the labor force. College students are residents and not all are part of the labor force. Please smarten up. And please STOP COMMENTING ON NY (HUNTINGTON, etc.) PATCH ARTICLES....YOU ARE NO LONGER A TOH (AND NY) RESIDENT. GO AWAY!
Preliator November 29, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Unemployment went up in October? So, it will go up in November, it will go up in December and just wait until the new year when everyone loses those part-time Christmas jobs and Obama drives the country over the Fiscal Cliff. Hello 10% and higher.
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