Long Island continued to see solid job growth in November, although the pace of job creation slowed, new statistics from the state Labor Department show.
The Island had 21,200 more jobs in November than a year earlier, a 1.6 percent increase, the department said Thursday. That gain was down from October’s, when the Island had 24,600 more jobs than the year before.
October’s increase, 1.9 percent, was remarkable — the largest year-over-year increase for any month since 2013.
The labor department’s Long Island-based market analyst, Shital Patel, minimized the importance of the slowdown in growth. “I’d worry if it was negative, but, on average, it’s pretty strong job growth.”
The department uses year-over-year comparisons because local data aren’t adjusted to reflect seasonal swings in employment.
All told, there were 1.3 million people employed on Long Island last month.
The number of government jobs fell slightly, by less than 1 percent, in November from a year earlier, to 195,700, the department said.
The number of private-sector jobs on the Island increased in November from a year earlier by 22,900, or 2.1 percent, to 1,132,400.
Six of nine private-industry sectors gained jobs in November over a year earlier.
The biggest gain was in the education and health services sector, where employment rose by 12,400, or 5 percent, to 259,500.
Another big gainer was natural resources, mining and construction, which gained 7,000 jobs — mostly in construction — a 9.7 percent rise to 79,200.
One area of concern was that, in November over October, seasonal hiring by retailers was weaker than normal, with 3,600 employees added over October’s totals, compared with the typical hiring of 5,100 workers. Further, the leisure and hospitality sector lost 4,600 jobs from October to November, compared with an average seasonal decline of 2,900.
“That weakness could be a concern for the holiday shopping season,” said chief economist John Rizzo of the Long Island Association, a trade group. “It’s hard to read too much into one monthly report, but I think employers perhaps are anticipating somewhat weaker holiday spending in retail and possibly weaker discretionary spending on leisure and hospitality.”