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Long Island, state employment rates tick up

Long Island followed state trends by making modest employment gains in December, but statewide job growth remains weak. That’s the word from the New York State Department of Labor, which on Thursday reported the statewide unemployment rate decreased to 4.6 percent in December 2017, down from 4.7 percent in December 2016, with the state’s private-sector job count rising by more than 111,000 positions. The Island followed suit, with local employment growing by 4,900 jobs between…

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Babylon IDA gets serious about affordable housing

The Babylon Industrial Development Agency has adopted a “landmark provision” designed to address one of the Long Island innovation economy’s great needs: affordable housing. The Babylon IDA on Tuesday passed what it called a “significant policy initiative” targeting future housing developments within town borders. Designed in collaboration with the Long Island Housing Partnership, the policy requires that owners of new developments applying for IDA benefits meet a 20 percent affordable-housing requirement – meaning at least…


URGENT to women: Come on in, the water’s fine

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island commercial, educational and nonprofit forces have united to encourage women to dive into relatively unexplored waters. New York American Water, the Merrick-based subsidiary of New Jersey-based parent American Water Works Co., recently hosted a career-training day in conjunction with Nassau Community College and the Long Island chapter of the Workforce Development Institute, which supports job growth and retention across New York State through employee-development grants and industry/academia/government collaborations. The…


Island posted 2.5% increase in jobs through February

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 27,100 in the year ending in February, a bump of 2.5 percent, to 1,114,700. By comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.6 percent and the nation’s was 1.8 percent. Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 2,500 between January and February (not seasonally adjusted), when a loss of 1,400 jobs is typical. A record warm February boosted hiring in the…


Four fair chances for employers, SBU grads

With the Spring 2017 semester begun and graduation closing in – just over 100 days and counting – Stony Brook University is hosting a four-headed career fair for its latest professional crop. In February and March, thousands of university students – looking beyond their May 19 graduation date – will meet with recruiters in key technology and healthcare fields to discuss employment and internships. Hundreds of employers are expected to line up for the Stony…


Long Island internships, new and improved

By GREGORY ZELLER // New year, new milestone for Savvy Hires, which has launched what may be the nation’s first “internship collective.” Just weeks after announcing a partnership with Adelphi University, Northwell Health and others to create a hiring “pipeline” for autistic college graduates, the Westbury-based recruiting firm has noted a new collaboration with LaunchPad Long Island aimed at perfecting the internship process. The basic idea: deliver the benefits of top-rate, potential-hire interns and a…


URGENT effort eyes women for larger utility roles

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mixing gender equity, evolving workforce needs and a dash of economic-development sauce, the Workforce Development Institute and several big-name utilities are partnering with Nassau Community College to provide free career training for women. The idea, according to the sponsors of the Utility Readiness for Gaining Employment for Non-Traditionals: Women program, is to prepare women for larger roles in the utilities industries. The partners – including representatives of PSEG Long Island, National…