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Labor Statistics for the Long Island Region Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Developments in the Long Island Labor Market

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 5,600, or 0.5 percent, to 1,155,500 in December 2017. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.4 percent and the nation’s was 1.7 percent.

Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 2,300 between November and December (not seasonally adjusted), nearly half the average gain of 5,100. Retailers ended the holiday season on a slightly weaker note, hiring 1,700 workers compared to the average of 4,500. Increased on-line shopping resulted in strong job gains in the transportation and warehousing industry, which hired 1,700 workers compared to an average of 700.

Three of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in December compared to a year ago — education and health services (+7,500), leisure and hospitality (+4,200), and natural resources, mining and construction (+2,200). The government sector lost 700 jobs over-the-year.

Other Information of Interest to Long Islanders

For further information:

Shital Patel
Division of Research & Statistics
New York State Dept. of Labor
303 W. Old Country Rd.
Hicksville, NY 11801

tel: 516-934-8533
fax: 516-433-3799

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