Strong local jobs growth in April and past year

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island grew by 20,100 in the year ending in May, an increase of 1.8 percent, to 1,156,700.

The state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate in the same period was 1.7 percent; the nation’s was also 1.7 percent.

Month over month, the local private sector job base increased by 20,000 between April and May, well above the average gain of 13,600 jobs.

The leisure and hospitality industry is entering the summer season on a strong note. The sector added 8,500 jobs in May compared to the average gain of 6,800. The construction sector also had a strong month, adding a record 4,000 jobs for the month of May, more than double the average gain of 1,800.

Health care continues to be a leading job generator on Long Island, adding 2,300 jobs when a gain of 900 is typical.

Six of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in May compared to a year ago: Education and health services (+9,800), professional and business services (+4,700), trade, transportation and utilities (+3,100), leisure and hospitality (+2,300), natural resources, mining and construction (+1,600), and information (+1,400).

The large gain in the information sector reflects the Verizon strike that occurred in May 2016. The government sector gained 3,100 jobs over-the-year.