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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 20,100, or 1.8 percent, to 1,156,700 in May 2017. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.7 percent and the nation’s was 1.7 percent.

Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 20,000 between April and May (not seasonally adjusted), well above the average gain of 13,600 jobs. The leisure and hospitality industry is entering the summer season on a strong note. The sector added 8,500 jobs in May compared to the average gain of 6,800. The construction sector also had a strong month adding a record 4,000 jobs for the month of May, more than double the average gain of 1,800. Health care continues to be a leading job generator on Long Island, adding 2,300 jobs when a gain of 900 is typical.

Six of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in May compared to a year ago — education and health services (+9,800), professional and business services (+4,700), trade, transportation and utilities (+3,100), leisure and hospitality (+2,300), natural resources, mining and construction (+1,600), and information (+1,400). The large gain in the information sector reflects the Verizon strike that occurred in May 2016. The government sector gained 3,100 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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