Long Island, state employment rates tick up

Back on track: Long Island's employment rate inched upward in December, reversing a year-over-year decline recorded in November.

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 December 2016 and December 2017. The slight uptick reversed a year-over-year regional loss of 100 jobs reported in November – the first time Long Island recorded a year-over-year employment decline since May 2010, according to state numbers.

Health-services jobs continue to be the biggest growth areas for Long Island employment, with the leisure and hospitality sector also rising. Transportation and utilities sectors reported the biggest regional declines.

Long Island boasted a total of 1.357 million jobs on the books last month, up about .37 percent from the 1.352 million reported in December 2016, according to the Labor Department.

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