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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 14,900, or 1.3 percent, to 1,169,600 in July 2017. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.9 percent and the nation’s was 1.7 percent.

Long Island’s private sector job count decreased by 1,600 between June and July (not seasonally adjusted), compared to an average loss of 4,600. After a surprisingly weak June, the construction industry gained 2,800 jobs in July, more than four times the average gain of 600 jobs. The financial services sector added a record-high 1,200 jobs, when payrolls are generally flat for the month of July. It marks the fourth consecutive month of above-average gains for the sector.

Six of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in July compared to a year ago — education and health services (+9,200), leisure and hospitality (+3,000), professional and business services (+2,500), natural resources, mining and construction (+1,100), other services (+900), and trade, transportation and utilities (+500). The government sector added 1,800 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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