Island posted 2.5% increase in jobs through February

Music maker Jim D'Addario.

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 construction industry, which added 800 jobs when a loss of 400 is more common. The manufacturing sector also added 500 jobs in February.

Five of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in February compared to a year ago, including educational and health services (+10,300), trade, transportation and utilities (+8,700), professional and business services (+7,400), leisure and hospitality (+1,800), and natural resources, mining, and construction (+500).

The government sector gained 3,500 jobs over-the-year.

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