The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 12,600, or 1.2 percent, to 1,080,100 in March 2015. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was (+1.9 percent) and the nation’s was (+2.6 percent).
Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 12,300 between February and March (not seasonally adjusted), slightly more than the typical gain of 11,900 jobs. Restaurants added 3,300 jobs in March, more than double the average March gain of 1,400. Ambulatory health care services, which includes outpatient care centers and home health care agencies, added 1,300 jobs, which is also more than double their normal gain (+500). However, due to the protracted severe winter weather, several industries including construction, retail, and administrative and support and waste management and remediation services had weaker than normal gains.
Five of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in March compared to a year ago — education and health services (+6,300), leisure and hospitality (+3,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,100), professional and business services (+2,200), and other services (+1,000). The government sector gained 800 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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