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Labor Statistics for the Long Island Region Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Developments in the Long Island Labor Market

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 21,500, or 2.0 percent, to 1,099,900 in March 2016. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.7 percent and the nation’s was 2.3 percent.


Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 21,100 between February and March (not seasonally adjusted), significantly more than the typical gain of 12,200 jobs. Five of nine sectors reached record levels of hiring in March, including financial activities, professional and business services, natural resources, mining, and construction, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality. After an unusually weak holiday hiring season, the retail industry added 1,600 jobs compared to an average of 600.


Seven of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in March compared to a year ago — education and health services (+8,000), leisure and hospitality (+6,300), professional and business services (+5,500), natural resources, mining, and construction (+2,100), financial activities (+1,600), manufacturing (+1,200), and other services (+300). The government sector gained 3,500 jobs over-the-year.



Other information of interest to Long Islanders

For further information:

Shital Patel 
Division of Research & Statistics
New York State Dept. of Labor 
303 W. Old Country Rd.
Hicksville, NY 11801

tel: 516-934-8533
fax: 516-433-3799

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