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Strong local jobs growth in April and past year

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island grew by 20,100 in the year ending in May, an increase of 1.8 percent, to 1,156,700. The state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate in the same period was 1.7 percent; the nation’s was also 1.7 percent. Month over month, the local private sector job base increased by 20,000 between April and May, well above the average gain of 13,600 jobs. The leisure and hospitality industry is…


Island job count ticks up in April

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 11,100 in the year ending in April, a 1 percent increase to a total employment base of 1,136,800. By comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 0.9 percent and the nation’s was 1.6 percent. Month to month, Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 17,500 between March and April — not seasonally adjusted — when a gain of 12,700 jobs is…


LI adds 16K+ jobs in past year, but March weak

Long Island added 16,400 jobs over the year ended in March, an increase of 1.5 percent that brings total local employment to 1,120,700. Continuing a long trend, the greatest gains were in educational and health services (+8,600), trade, transportation and utilities (+7,800) and professional and business services (+3,100).  Losses occurred in financial activities (-1,100), manufacturing (-1,000), natural resources, mining and construction (-500), other services (-400) and information (-200). Long Island’s private sector job count rose by…


LI adds 10K+ jobs in past year; June a big gainer

The Long Island economy added 10,600 private sector jobs in the year ending in June, a 0.9 percent increase to 1,145,900. The percentage increase, which lagged the state (1.5 percent) and national (2 percent) rates, suggests the region is nearing full employment. Month over month, however, the Island added 20,800 jobs, significantly more than the average of about 13,500. Construction was the big gainer in June, adding 3,000 jobs, or almost triple the normal increase,…


Behind our sunny jobs rate, storm clouds

By JOHN L. KOMINICKI // Long Island’s rosy 4.5 percent unemployment rate – the lowest since 2007 – masks a wide range of unsettling workforce trends. Earnings for private sector workers are declining, total employment participation is down and the pool of best-qualified workers – those aged 35 to 65 – will drop by more than 10 percent over the next five years as the Island continues to gray. A continuing shift in the local…


LI lagging only NYC in worker pay abuse

Any economy, including an innovative one, is built on the backs of a healthy and well-treated workforce. But at least on its lowest professional levels, Long Island is earning a reputation for wage theft and other worker abuses. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, during the first seven months of 2015, New York State investigators returned more than $18.1 million to nearly 19,000 workers across the state who weren’t paid the proper minimum wage or…


DEBRIEF: Congressman Lee Zeldin

The transition from Albany to Washington has been an eye-opener for freshman U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, the 1st District Republican. Not yet six months into his first congressional term – and with challengers already lining up for the 2016 election – he’s getting a much clearer picture of how Long Island fits into the massive jigsaw that is the U.S. economy. And he’s finding that whatever topic is on the table, economics are always in…


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State’s job board sets record on tech employment

Tech-based jobs rule the roost on New York State’s Jobs Express website, an online resource looking to connect the unemployed with companies in search of fresh blood. According to the state, the Jobs Express site has set a new record with over 115,000 private-sector positions listed – and a healthy portion of those jobs are technology-related, falling into categories such as “Computer and Mathematical,” “Healthcare Technical” and “Healthcare Support.” The Jobs Express site (www.jobs.ny.gov) sorts…