The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 14,500, or 1.4 percent, to 1,068,200 in February 2015. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was +2.0 percent and the nation’s was +2.8 percent.
Long Island’s private sector job count fell by 1,200 between January and February (not seasonally adjusted), less than the typical loss of 1,600 jobs. Due to heavy snow and near-zero temperatures, the February loss of jobs in construction (-1,400) was greater than the usual seasonal decline of 400. The winter weather also impacted employment at restaurants, which lost 400 jobs compared to an average gain of 400. Hiring in both private and public educational services was strong last month, adding a combined 8,100 jobs compared to the historical average of 5,100. Most other sectors were broadly in line with their historical norms for February.
Six of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in February compared to a year ago — education and health services (+6,100), professional and business services (+3,900), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,900), leisure and hospitality (+2,100), other services (+1,600), and natural resources, mining, and construction (+100). The government sector gained 700 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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