The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 18,400, or 1.6 percent, to 1,137,200 in June 2015. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was (+2.3 percent) and the nation’s was (+2.4 percent).
Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 17,200 between May and June (not seasonally adjusted), a record high for the month of June. For the third month in a row, hiring in the construction sector reached record levels. In June, construction companies added 2,600 employees, more than double the typical gain of 1,200. The financial activities sector is starting to pick up again, adding a record 1,300 jobs in June, nearly double the monthly average of 800. This was on the heels of a record-breaking May, where the sector added 900 jobs, triple the average gain. Hiring at restaurants also hit a high for the month.
Six of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in June compared to a year ago — education and health services (+9,200), natural resources, mining, and construction (+6,100), leisure and hospitality (+2,700), professional and business services (+1,400), other services (+1,000), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+700).
Division of Research & Statistics
New York State Dept. of Labor
303 W. Old Country Rd.
Hicksville, NY 11801
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