The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 19,400, or 1.7 percent, to 1,153,100 in April 2018. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.3 percent and the nation’s was 1.8 percent.
Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 20,000 between March and April (not seasonally adjusted), significantly higher than the average gain of 12,900. Healthcare and social assistance added 3,300 jobs in April – a high for the month – recouping a portion of the surprising job losses recorded in December through February. Financial activities also had a strong month, adding 1,000 jobs compared to an average gain of 200.
Six of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in April compared to a year ago — trade, transportation, and utilities (+8,100), leisure and hospitality (+4,000), professional and business services (+3,200), education and health services (+2,700), natural resources, mining, and construction (+2,700), and other services (+900). The government sector added 1,600 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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