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 typical. Ambulatory health care services, which is growing at a blistering pace in the region, added 1,500 jobs in April, five times the average gain of 300 and reaching a record levels of employment.

Leisure and hospitality also had a strong month adding 6,400 jobs, compared to an average of 3,900.

Four of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in April compared to a year ago, including educational and health services (+8,100), trade, transportation and utilities (+3,200), professional and business services (+2,500), and leisure and hospitality (+1,400).

The government sector gained 2,900 jobs over-the-year.

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