The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 14,500, or 1.3 percent, to 1,136,900 in September 2016. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.5 percent and the nation’s was 1.9 percent.
Long Island’s private sector job count decreased by 9,800 between August and September (not seasonally adjusted). Based on the 10-year average a more typical loss would be less than half as much. Professional and business services, which lost 2,900 jobs in September, was the most noticeable area of weakness.
Only three of nine private industry sectors saw significant job growth in September compared to a year ago — education and health services (+11,800), natural resources, mining, and construction (+5,300) and leisure and hospitality (+3,000). Trade, transportation and utilities (-4,200) and professional and business services (-1,100) were the weakest sectors over the last 12 months.
Division of Research & Statistics
New York State Dept. of Labor
303 W. Old Country Rd.
Hicksville, NY 11801
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