The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 13,600, or 1.2 percent, to 1,120,200 in May 2015. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was (+1.8 percent) and the nation’s was (+2.6 percent).
Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 23,600 between April and May (not seasonally adjusted), significantly higher than the typical gain of 13,600 jobs. Robust activity in the construction sector led to a hiring spree in the spring. In May, construction companies added 7,200 employees, more than triple the typical gain of 1,900, and the largest monthly gain in jobs since 1990. This was on the heels of a record-breaking April, where the sector added 7,000 jobs, double the average gain. Retailers have also had a strong spring. The industry added 5,200 jobs in April and May, more than double the average of 2,200. Restaurants had a particularly strong start to the summer season, adding 5,100 jobs, compared to the average gain of 3,400.
Five of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in May compared to a year ago — natural resources, mining, and construction (+5,600), education and health services (+5,300), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,600), professional and business services (+2,000), and leisure and hospitality (+700). The government sector gained 500 jobs over-the-year.
Division of Research & Statistics
New York State Dept. of Labor
303 W. Old Country Rd.
Hicksville, NY 11801
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