The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 21,600, or 1.9 percent, to 1,130,800 in December 2015. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was +2.1 percent and the nation’s was +2.2 percent.
Long Island’s private sector job count decreased by 2,200 between November and December (not seasonally adjusted), compared to an average gain of 5,200. Seasonal hiring remained weaker than normal for the retail industry, adding a record-low 1,000 employees when the industry typically hires 4,600 workers in December. Some of that weakness was due to the closure of A&P stores which declared bankruptcy in July. Restaurants also shed a record 1,100 employees in December, compared to an average of 100.
Six of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in December compared to a year ago — education and health services (+12,500), natural resources, mining, and construction (+5,900), professional and business services (+4,700), leisure and hospitality (+1,200), other services (+700), and information (+100).
Division of Research & Statistics
New York State Dept. of Labor
303 W. Old Country Rd.
Hicksville, NY 11801
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