Private sector payroll employment on Long Island fell by 253,600 in April, after declining by 7,800 in March (not seasonally adjusted). The April over-the-month decline is the largest in the history of the current series (which goes back to 1990) and brought employment to its lowest level since February 1994.
Job losses were widespread in April. The largest employment decline occurred in leisure and hospitality, where employment plunged by 70,300, or 62.1 percent.
On a year-over-year basis, the number of private sector jobs on Long Island decreased by 281,900, or 24.5 percent, to 866,400 in April 2020. In comparison, private sector jobs in New York State fell by 22.1 percent and in the nation by 14.5 percent.
Division of Research & Statistics
New York State Dept. of Labor
303 W. Old Country Rd.
Hicksville, NY 11801
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