Due to the Federal government shutdown, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics delayed sending jobs and labor force data to the State Department of Labor. As a result, the press release schedule for October and November has been revised to this updated schedule
The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 25,400, or 2.4 percent, to 1,103,700 in October 2013. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was (+1.5 percent) and the nation’s was (+2.1 percent). October marks the 41st consecutive month of year-over-year gains in private sector jobs on Long Island. The region also had the second fastest private sector job growth of all the metro areas in New York State.
Five of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in October compared to a year ago — professional and business services (+11,200), education and health services (+8,100), natural resources, mining, and construction (+5,600), leisure and hospitality (+2,900), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,300).
Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 3,200 between September and October (not seasonally adjusted), slightly above the 10-year average of 2,900. Specialty trade contractors lost 2,800 jobs compared to an average loss of 500. However, this comes on the heels of very strong construction activity in the region including several hospital expansions, mixed-use projects surrounding Long Island Railroad stations, and multi-family housing projects. Between July and September, specialty trade contractors added 3,900 jobs when the industry typically adds only 400 jobs. Holiday retail hiring started strong this year, with stores adding 2,800 jobs between September and October compared to the average of 2,000.
Manufacturing (-2,900), financial activities (-800), other services (-600), and information (-400) lost jobs on a year-over-year basis. The government sector lost 800 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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