Developments in the Long Island Labor Market
The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 97,600, or 10.2 percent, to 1,056,500 in June 2021. In comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 9.8 percent and the nation’s was 6.4 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 119,500, or 10.2 percent, below pre-pandemic levels (June 2019).
Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 14,800 between May and June (not seasonally adjusted), slightly below the average gain of 15,400. The leisure and hospitality sector, which was the hardest hit during the pandemic, added 8,400 jobs in June which was slightly faster than the average pace of 7,500 for the month. Since Covid-related restrictions began to ease in the region, the sector has added 24,700 jobs between February and June, well above the 19,100 jobs that are typically added over that period. However, employment in the sector remains 29,100, or 20.7 percent, below pre-pandemic levels (June 2019).
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Division of Research & Statistics
New York State Dept. of Labor
303 W. Old Country Rd.
Hicksville, NY 11801