The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 2,200, or 0.2 percent, to 1,124,100 in May 2016. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.0 percent and the nation’s was 1.9 percent.
Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 9,700 between April and May (not seasonally adjusted), slightly less than the typical gain of 13,400 jobs. The striking Verizon workers resulted in a decline of 1,800 information workers. This decline will be reversed in June as the workers returned to work on June 1. Restaurants also had a particularly weak month, adding a record low 1,100 jobs in May compared to an average of 3,400.
Six of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in May compared to a year ago — education and health services (+7,800), natural resources, mining, and construction (+1,300), financial activities (+1,000), leisure and hospitality (+1,000), other services (+400), and manufacturing (+200). The government sector gained 2,200 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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