The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 4,100, or 0.4 percent, to 1,151,400 in October 2017. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.2 percent and the nation’s was 1.6 percent.
Long Island’s private sector job count decreased by 600 between September and October (not seasonally adjusted), compared to an average gain of 3,400. The largest downside surprise came in the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services industry, which comprises establishments performing routine support activities for the day-to-day operations of other organizations. This includes office administrative services, employment placement agencies, security services, and janitorial and landscaping services. The industry lost 4,000 jobs in October, compared to an average loss of 700.
Four of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in October compared to a year ago — education and health services (+9,900), leisure and hospitality (+1,500), financial activities (+700), and other services (+700). The government sector added 100 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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