The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 8,500, or 0.7 percent, to 1,151,000 in September 2017. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.1 percent and the nation’s was 1.4 percent. Long Island’s private sector job count decreased by 8,300 between August and September (not seasonally adjusted), compared to an average loss of 2,900. The leisure and hospitality sector shed 13,000 jobs in September, well above the average loss of 6,100. However, this was on the heels of a strong spring and summer hiring season that added 32,500 jobs compared to an average of 23,200. Health care and social assistance continues to be a leading job generator in the region. The industry added 4,400 jobs, more than seven times the average gain of 600.
Four of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in September compared to a year ago — education and health services (+9,500), leisure and hospitality (+2,000), professional and business services (+1,200) and other services (+700). The government sector added 300 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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