Long Island commuters contribute substantially to the bi-county’s economy. The Long Island Research Institute recently examined the latest U.S. Census Data from its Journey To Work survey. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of all wages and salaries Long Islanders earned are from those who commute to the city. Nassau commuters represent almost 57% of those wages and salaries returned to the county, while Suffolk commuters earned 21%. The New York City continues to be very important to the Long Island economy.