The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 12,200, or 1.1 percent, to 1,165,700 in May 2018. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.4 percent and the nation’s was 1.9 percent.
Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 15,100 between April and May (not seasonally adjusted), slightly higher than the average gain of 13,700. The goods-producing sector of the economy had a strong May. The construction industry added 3,300 jobs in May compared to an average of 1,700, a high for the month. Manufacturing also added 600 jobs, three times the monthly average.
Five of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in May compared to a year ago — trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,300), natural resources, mining, and construction (+4,400), leisure and hospitality (+3,200), professional and business services (+2,600), and other services (+500). The government sector added 1,900 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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