Long Island’s private sector lost 9,800 jobs between August and September, more than twice the historical rate, the Labor Department reported. Professional and business services, which lost 2,900 jobs in September, was the most noticeable area of weakness.
On a running year basis, only three of nine private industry sectors saw significant job growth in September compared to a year ago — education and health services (+11,800), construction (+5,300) and leisure and hospitality (+3,000). Trade, transportation and utilities (-4,200) and professional and business services (-1,100) were the weakest sectors over the last 12 months.
Long Island’s private sector workforce grew by 14,500 positions in the year ending in September, a 1.3 percent increase. Total employment was 1,136,900.
By comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.5 percent and the nation’s was 1.9 percent.