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Riverhead’s unemployment rate dropped below 10% for the first time since the coronavirus crisis took hold in March.

The unemployment rate in Riverhead Town was 9.5% in August, down from 12.4% in July, according to data released yesterday by the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs. In comparison, the town’s unemployment rate was 3.7% in August 2019.

Riverhead’s unemployment rate was 5.3% in March, then jumped to 15.6% in April, after the governor ordered a statewide shutdown of businesses in an effort to stop the spread of the virus in the community.

Unemployment in Riverhead peaked in April and has declined each month since.

Suffolk County’s unemployment rate jumped from 4.1% in March to 16.4% in April — its high point to date since the pandemic struck. It has since come down and was 10.4% in August, when 82,100 Suffolk residents were jobless.

Unemployment in New York State was 12.6% in August and 16.3% in New York City.

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.