Construction employment takes a summer hit

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 5,600 in the year ending in August, a 0.5 percent increase to 1,157,400 positions.

By comparison, the state’s year over year private sector growth rate was 1.8 percent and the nation’s was 1.7 percent.

In a separate measure, Long Island’s private sector job count decreased by 9,200 between July and August, compared to an average loss of 1,400. Construction had a surprisingly weak month, losing 2,400 jobs when the industry typically adds 300 jobs. Manufacturing was the only local sector to add jobs in August.

Three of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in August compared to a year ago — education and health services (+6,800), leisure and hospitality (+3,800), and other services (+200). The government sector added 1,000 jobs over the year.