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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 15,900, or 1.4 percent, to 1,116,600 in November 2014.  In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was (+1.3 percent) and the nation’s was (+2.3 percent).


Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 1,400 between October and November (not seasonally adjusted), less than half the typical gain of 3,000 jobs. The retail trade industry, which adds 5,100 jobs in November for the holiday season, only added 4,400. However, the transportation and warehousing industry, which typically ramps up hiring in September for the holiday season, added an additional 1,300 jobs in November, compared to an average of 100. The construction sector, which experienced extraordinarily strong growth in jobs in the spring, reduced payrolls for a second month in a row in November. The sector lost 1,400 jobs last month, compared to an average loss of 400.


Six of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in November compared to a year ago — trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,000), education and health services (+5,700), professional and business services (+3,400), natural resources, mining, and construction (+2,200), leisure and hospitality (+1,500), and other services (+1,400).  The government sector lost 800 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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