The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 19,900, or 1.8 percent, to 1,136,700 in July 2015. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was (+2.5 percent) and the nation’s was (+2.4 percent).
Long Island’s private sector job count decreased by 2,500 between June and July (not seasonally adjusted), roughly half the average loss of 5,100. After three months of record gains, the construction sector shed 200 jobs compared to the typical increase of 400. On the heels of relatively strong hiring this summer, retailers added 900 jobs in July when they normally lower their headcount by 1,100. Hiring at restaurants hit record levels for a second month, adding 2,000 employees compared to an average loss of 800.
Six of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in July compared to a year ago — education and health services (+8,800), natural resources, mining, and construction (+4,400), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,500), leisure and hospitality (+2,900), other services (+2,300), and professional and business services (+900).
Division of Research & Statistics
New York State Dept. of Labor
303 W. Old Country Rd.
Hicksville, NY 11801
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