Labor Department

Employment up 1.7% as the hospitality sector rocks

Long Island added 19,000 jobs in the year ending in June, a 1.7 percent increase that brings the region’s total private sector employment to 1,172,200, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The increase was in line with national numbers and slightly below New York State job growth of 1.9 percent. Statistically, all of the growth came between May and June, when the region added a record 19,000 jobs, well above the historic average for the period…


Jobs tick up in November

Long Island’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.0 percent in November, down 0.1 of a percentage point from a year earlier and matching the lowest November rate since 2007, the state Labor Department said Tuesday. The improvement is the result of more people working and fewer people in the labor force, which declined by 3,900 year over year, to 1.47 million. Nassau County’s unemployment rate fell 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.7 percent. Unemployment in…