Developments in the Long Island Labor Market
The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 8,500, or 0.8 percent, to 1,043,100 in September 2021. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 3.7 percent and the nation’s was 4.7 percent.
Substantial job losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic first occurred in March (-9,000) and April (-270,700) of 2020. As economic activity resumed, Long Island’s private sector regained a large portion of jobs lost, but remains 109,200, or 9.5 percent, below pre-pandemic levels (September 2019).
Long Island’s private sector job count decreased by 12,100 between August and September (not seasonally adjusted), nearly four times the average loss of 3,400. Higher than normal job losses were concentrated in construction, health care, and leisure and hospitality.
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Division of Research & Statistics
New York State Dept. of Labor
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Hicksville, NY 11801