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Long Island had modest job growth in September, year-over-year

September's job growth, year over year, was driven

September's job growth, year over year, was driven by gains in the healthcare and construction sectors. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto/eggeeggjiew

Long Island reported another month of modest job growth in September, driven by gains in the health care and construction sectors, state data released Thursday show.

The Island’s economy grew by 10,900 jobs in September, a 0.8% increase from a year earlier, according to state Labor Department data. That gain compared with a 6,000-job increase year over year in August.

Four of the region’s nine job sectors tracked by the state reported gains in September.

The health care sector, Nassau and Suffolk’s largest creator of jobs, saw the largest job gains last month, adding 11,500 more jobs year over year. The sector also reported an increase of 5,800 jobs over August, most of which can be attributed to large gains in the social assistance industry, a category that includes childcare and child daycare services.

Construction added 7,500 jobs in September, representing an 8.9% increase over last year. Manufacturing, too, saw an increase, adding 1,000 jobs last month, year-over-year.

While the leisure and hospitality sector added 1,800 jobs last month on a year-over-year basis, going into September from August, the sector saw a significant decline in jobs, mostly as a result of its record hiring levels during its strong summer season, said Shital Patel, labor market analyst in the Labor Department’s Hicksville office

“Because we had such a big bump” in summer hiring for leisure “we had a much larger than normal decline in September,” Patel said. The sector’s month-over-month decline of 14,800 jobs – compared with an average loss of 6,500 jobs – represented an “unwinding” of seasonal hires, she said.

John A. Rizzo, chief economist for the Long Island Association, a business group, said the region’s month-to-month loss in jobs is in line with expectations given ramped-up leisure hiring.

“You hire a lot of people in June and July. And when the summer season is over, they get laid off,” Rizzo said.

One sector that has seen continued declines in employment is the financial activities sector, which generally includes higher-than-average paid positions. The sector saw a loss of 1,700 jobs year over year and a decline of 1,100 jobs on a month-over-month basis.

“The financial activities sector on Long Island continues to face weakness, mainly in mortgage activities and other back-office operations,” Patel said.

The total number of jobs on Long Island rose to 1.354 million in September, a 0.8% increase from a year earlier. The Island had 1.343 million jobs in September of last year.

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