The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 5,600, or 0.5 percent, to 1,157,400 in August 2017. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.8 percent and the nation’s was 1.7 percent.
Long Island's private sector job count decreased by 9,200 between July and August (not seasonally adjusted), compared to an average loss of 1,400. Construction had a surprisingly weak month, losing 2,400 jobs when the industry typically adds 300 jobs. Manufacturing was the only sector to add jobs in August.
Three of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in August compared to a year ago — education and health services (+6,800), leisure and hospitality (+3,800), and other services (+200). The government sector added 1,000 jobs over-the-year.
Division of Research & Statistics
New York State Dept. of Labor
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