The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 7,900, or 0.7 percent, to 1,096,200 in April 2015. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was (+1.7 percent) and the nation’s was (+2.6 percent).
Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 17,200 between March and April (not seasonally adjusted), more than the typical gain of 12,100 jobs. Severe winter weather through March led to delays on construction projects. Employment in that sector has rebounded with the spring weather adding 6,700 jobs in April, nearly double the average gain of 3,500. Retail also had a stronger than normal month, adding four times the typical April gain of 600 jobs.
Six of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in April compared to a year ago — education and health services (+5,800), professional and business services (+2,000), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,900), natural resources, mining, and construction (+700), leisure and hospitality (+600), and other services (+100). The government sector gained 300 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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