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Will LI's shifting labor force help young adults?

Among the projects that Long Island groups are

Among the projects that Long Island groups are seeking funds for is nitrogen management and mitigation, which they say would protect precious water resources, both in the ground and around the Island. This is Long Island Sound at Sands Point on Jan. 9, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

1.425 million --That's how many people are in Long Island's labor force, the lowest figure since 2002. The decline from last year, 38,900, was the biggest numerical drop since 1990. The primary reason: the ever-increasing pace of retirements by baby boomers, experts say. Our graying population might stress our health care system, but the departure of boomers from the job market could be a boon for their children and grandchildren. Instead of looking to Florida, North Carolina and New York City, the jobs they need might be here.