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Suffolk Notebook: County Unemployment Climbing

Labor department shows jump in jobless rate.

Suffolk County's unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent in June, compared to 7.2 percent a year ago, according to statistics released by the New York State Department of Labor this week, highlighting a local economy that continues to struggle to create jobs.

The number of locals unemployed in the County topped 62,000 in June.

The jobless rate — which counts the number of locals receiving unemployment benefits — also jumped from 7.6 percent in May.

Neighboring Nassau County saw a similar jump in the jobless rate June to 7.2 percent compared to 6.8 percent in June 2011.

The news was just as bad for the entire state, which saw the unemployment rate hit 9.1 percent compared to 8.1 percent in June 2011. The nation's jobless rate actually fell to 8.4 percent, compared to 9.3 percent a year ago.

'Acting' Police Commissioner No Longer
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone tapped Acting Commissioner Edward Webber as the new Police Commissioner of Suffolk County - a job he's been doing since taking over for former Commissioner Richard Dormer in January.

Webber was selected by an independent committee of 75 Long Island professionals, chaired by Long Island Association Chief Executive Kevin Law.

Bellone said Webber has already implemented changes in how the department is using intelligence to expose crime patterns, placed greater focus on community policing, decentralized gang units back to precincts and has taken on the prescription drug trade, all while cutting police overtime pay by nearly $2 million compared to 2011.

The County also named 40-year police department veteran Risco Lewis-Mention as Webber's deputy.

IDA Wants to Give Biz a Boost
The County's Industrial Development Agency this week announced a new program it hopes will lift local businesses that might be struggling during the economic doldrums.

The plan, dubbed the Boost Program, will provide incentives in the form of reduced fees and tax savings, and will target businesses in the information technology, bio and life sciences, pharma, green technology and energy fields.

New York City firm Work Market is the program's first applicant, and it plans to propose opening a facility in Huntington and hiring 25 workers making more than $90,000 annually to be based there. The incentive package would just top $50,000.

The hope of the Boost Program is that by offering these types of smaller incentive packages a wide range of growth companies will be able to be helped.

Water District Scores Grant
The Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District picked up a $160,603 grant from the State this week to be used to help farmers install new measures to protect the ground and surface from agricultural run-off.

n.mcgrath August 01, 2012 at 10:42 PM
this is the most truthful comment by bob fraser.
Jaguar-Guy August 03, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Bob, stop blathering on in every single post you write - which is all about Reagan, Bush and sheesh Eisenhower. It is Obama's economy (he said that it was "his economy" over a year ago - and so did Dopey-Joe). He has tripled our national debt (with no end in sight), wants to keep on spending - without paying down the debt, wants to keep riasing all our taxes, wants to continue increasing over-regulating, wants to keep expanding ALL social welfare programs to create a whole new dependent class, wants to take from the haves to give to the have-not and work-nots, wants the US to become totally mediocre, wants greater economic distress here - and hs NO PLAN other than to keep raising taxes and increase class-warfare. IT IS OBAMA'S ECONOMY - admit it (he did). He cannot keep running against Bush, or any other ghosts he keeps on blaming. Oblama must run on his own record - oh wait - he cant because he is such a freaking miserable FAILURE. Record unemployment, record forclosures, record numbers on receiving welfare, record number of people NOT looking for work, and all thanks to Barry Hussein Oblama. Thanks Bob, now you can comment how all of this is Bush's fault - enlighten us since you have your head us Barry's arse so far you can speak for him and that dufus-idiot Nazi-looking Axelrod.
n.mcgrath August 04, 2012 at 02:47 AM
very simple, bush's unnecessary war,bush's tax breaks and out-sourcing american jobs are what caused this economy.get the facts straight.if you buy a bad food product from "store' a, you don't blame "store" b for the product.also,i get that both dems and repubs. out- sourced.one more fact,any economic recession in the past hundred years has always taken a decade to recover. read your history.
Bill Seydel August 04, 2012 at 03:18 AM
If the members of our community only shopped at mom and pop stores, the economy would recover a lot faster.
Lee August 04, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Bill, I love your sentiment and I'm with you (in theory), but the selection and prices in the big stores are hard to beat. In a bad economy we want bargains! The other thing we should do is look for "made in America" labels and buy those products.

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