The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 11,500, or 1.0 percent, to 1,113,000 in April 2016. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.5 percent and the nation’s was 2.2 percent.
Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 14,200 between March and April (not seasonally adjusted), slightly higher than the typical gain of 12,300 jobs. The other services category added 1,900 jobs in April, nearly four times the average of 500 jobs, and a record high for that month. The increased hiring activity may have been a result of the New York State presidential primary which was held on April 19. The other services sector includes political organizations.
Six of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in April compared to a year ago — education and health services (+8,000), leisure and hospitality (+6,100), other services (+1,400), financial activities (+1,400), manufacturing (+600), and natural resources, mining, and construction (+300). The government sector gained 3,200 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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