The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 15,900, or 1.4 percent, to 1,151,200 in July 2016. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.6 percent and the nation’s was 1.9 percent.
Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 5,800 between June and July (not seasonally adjusted), when a loss of 4,500 jobs is typical. July marked the second consecutive month of record high monthly gains. The construction industry continues to hire at a rapid clip, adding 4,100 jobs in July, more than six times the average gain of 600 and a record high for the month. Restaurants also added a record number of jobs (+2,900) when a loss of 700 is typical.
Five of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in July compared to a year ago — education and health services (+7,900), natural resources, mining, and construction (+6,600), leisure and hospitality (+4,700), other services (+1,800), and financial activities (+1,000). 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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