Long Island adds jobs

October 6th, 2017

The state of New York continues to grow, and Long Island jobs have been added, according to recent labor statistics.

In August 2017, the state’s private sector job count rose by 1,700, or less than 0.1%, to 8,094,500. This marked the fifth consecutive month in which the state’s economy has added private sector jobs.

Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, New York State’s economy has added more than one million private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 68 of the past 80 months. In August 2017, New York’s statewide unemployment rate increased from 4.7% to 4.8%.

The state’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Monthly payroll employment estimates are preliminary and subject to revision as more data become available the following month.

The federal government calculates New York State’s unemployment rate based partly upon the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month.

“The State’s private sector job count has now risen for five consecutive months and in seven of the eight months thus far this year. In August 2017, New York’s private sector employers added 1,700 jobs,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

Twelve metro areas in New York State added private sector jobs over the past year, with the most rapid employment growth in these areas:

  • New York City (+2.4%)
  • Orange-Rockland-Westchester (+2.2%)
  • Kingston (+2.1%)
  • Dutchess-Putnam (+2.0%)
  • Utica-Rome (+1.3%)
  • Binghamton (+1.1%)

Long Island finance jobs remain stable

October 6th, 2017

The newest labor statistics are out, and they demonstrate that Long Island finance jobs may be stable.

Employment was little changed in September (-33,000), after adding an average  of 172,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months.

In September, a steep employment decline in food services and drinking places and below-trend growth in some other industries likely reflected the  impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Employment rose in health care and in transportation and  warehousing.

Employment in food services and drinking places dropped sharply in September (-105,000), as many  workers were off payrolls due to the recent hurricanes. Over the prior 12 months, food services  and drinking places had added an average of 24,000 jobs per month.

In September, health care added 23,000 jobs, in line with its average monthly gain over the prior  12 months (+27,000). The employment increase in ambulatory health care services (+25,000) was partially offset by a decline in nursing care facilities (-9,000).

Employment in transportation and warehousing increased by 22,000 in September. Job gains occurred in warehousing and storage (+5,000), couriers and messengers (+4,000), and air transportation (+3,000).

Employment in financial activities changed little in September (+10,000). A job gain in insurance  carriers and related activities (+11,000) largely reflected hurricane-recovery efforts. The gain was  partly offset by losses in activities related to credit intermediation (-4,000) and in commercial banking (-3,000). Over the year, financial activities has added 149,000 jobs.

In September, employment in professional and business services was little changed (+13,000). Over the prior 12 months, job growth in the industry had averaged 50,000 per month.

Manufacturing employment was essentially unchanged in September (-1,000). From a recent employment trough in November 2016 through August of this year, the industry had added an average of 14,000 jobs per month.

Employment in other major industries, including mining, construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, and government, showed little change over the month.

Total nonfarm payroll employment was little changed in September (-33,000), after adding an average of 172,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months.

Healthcare jobs in Long Island spotlighted

September 9th, 2017

Several events are placing healthcare jobs in Long Island in the spotlight.

HRHCare Community Health hosted several events across its Hudson Valley and Long Island network of health centers for National Health Center Week. To officially kick-off the start of the week,Congressman Peter King and Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre joined HRHCare executives and CHCANYS CEO Rose Duhan for a tour of the HRHCare Amityville Health Center.

The official HRHCare “National Health Center Week Van” then hit the road across the ten-county HRHCare service area for staff appreciation and outreach events for the remainder of the week. Special open houses were held at HRHCare health centers in Poughkeepsie, Goshen, and Southampton, attended by patients, community partners, and representatives of elected officials.

National Health Center Week is designated by the National Association of Community Health Centers every August as a time to celebrate America’s community health centers (CHCs) for their incredible work. This year’s National Health Center Week theme was “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: The Key to Healthier Communities.” CHCs are the primary medical home for over 25 million people of all ages in nearly 10,000 rural and urban communities across the country.

The CHC model combines the resources of local communities with federal funds to establish neighborhood health centers. They are consumer-driven (over half of the board is required to be made up of patients), and empower communities to establish direct health services at the local level. CHCs enjoy bipartisan support from administrations and elected officials at all levels, but they also need the support of their communities to thrive and bring health care access to even more individuals.

Company expands, creates legal jobs in Long Island

September 7th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating more legal jobs in Long Island.

Nixon Peabody is expanding its Labor & Employment practice in Long Island with the arrival of new partner Jeffery A. Meyer, whose practice encompasses a wide range of labor & employment matters, from traditional labor law to wage-and-hour law.

Meyer as defended employers before various state and federal courts, as well as many federal, state and local administrative agencies with matters relating to wage-and-hour collective and class actions, discrimination, retaliation and ERISA. He frequently appears before the National Labor Relations Board representing employers in matters related to union organizing and collective bargaining.

“Our clients will benefit from Jeff’s strong litigation experience before federal and state courts and agencies,” said Eric Paley, leader of Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment practice. “Jeff delivers efficient and cost-effective defense strategies aligned with our clients’ business objectives, and he’ll be a great addition to our national labor and employment practice.”

Joining Nixon Peabody from Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP, Jeff graduated from St. John’s University School of Law and earned a B.S.B.A. in Business Management from Bucknell University. Outside of the office, Jeff sits on the advisory boards of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater New York and the Viscardi Center.

Construction jobs in Long Island grow

September 4th, 2017

The latest labor statistics show that construction jobs in Long Island have grown.

Payroll employment increased by 156,000 in August. Job gains occurred in manufacturing, construction, professional and technical services, health care, and mining. Employment growth has averaged 176,000 per month thus far this year, about in line with the average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016.

Manufacturing employment rose by 36,000 in August. Job gains occurred in motor vehicles and parts (+14,000), fabricated metal products (+5,000), and computer and electronic products (+4,000). Manufacturing has added 155,000 jobs since a recent employment low in November 2016.

In August, construction employment rose by 28,000, after showing little change over the prior 5 months. Employment among residential specialty trade contractors edged up by 12,000 over the month. Employment in professional and technical services continued to trend up in August (+22,000) and has grown by 262,000 over the last 12 months.

In August, job gains occurred in computer systems design and related services (+8,000). Health care employment continued on an upward trend over the month (+20,000) and has risen by 328,000 over the year. Employment in hospitals edged up over the month (+6,000).

Mining continued to add jobs in August (+7,000), with all of the growth in support activities for mining. Since a recent low in October 2016, employment in mining has risen by 62,000, or 10 percent.

Employment in food services and drinking places changed little in August (+9,000), following an increase of 53,000 in July. Over the year, the industry has added 283,000 jobs.

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for June was revised down from +231,000 to +210,000, and the change for July was revised down from +209,000 to +189,000. With these revisions, employment gains in June and July combined were 41,000 less than previously reported.

Long Island jobs added

August 8th, 2017

New labor statistics from the state show that Long Island jobs have been created.

In June 2017, New York State’s private sector job count increased by 23,900, or 0.3%, to 8,079,200, a new record high, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor.

Since the end of the State’s recession in late 2009, New York has added more than 1.1 million private sector jobs.

Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, New York State’s economy has added 985,100 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 66 of the past 78 months.

In June, New York’s statewide unemployment rate increased from 4.4% to 4.5%.

The State’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Monthly payroll employment estimates are preliminary and subject to revision as more data becomes available the following month.

The federal government calculates New York State’s unemployment rate based partly upon the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month.

“New York’s labor market continued to expand in June 2017. The State’s private sector job count increased by 23,900, reaching a new record high,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

Healthcare jobs in Long Island climb

August 4th, 2017

New labor statistics demonstrate how healthcare jobs in Long Island are growing.

The unemployment rate was little changed at 4.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment increased in food services and drinking places, professional and business services, and health care.

Employment increased by 209,000 in July. Job gains occurred in food services and drinking places, professional and business services, and health care.

Employment growth has averaged 184,000 per month thus far this year, in line with the average monthly gain in 2016 (+187,000).

Employment in food services and drinking places rose by 53,000 in July. The industry has added 313,000 jobs over the year. Professional and business services added 49,000 jobs in July, in line with its average monthly job gain over the prior 12 months.

In July, health care employment increased by 39,000, with job gains occurring in ambulatory health care services (+30,000) and hospitals (+7,000). Health care has added 327,000 jobs over the past year. Employment in mining was essentially unchanged in July (+1,000).

Both the unemployment rate, at 4.3 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 7.0 million, changed little in July. After declining earlier in the year, the unemployment rate has shown little movement in recent months.

The change in total payroll employment for May was revised down from +152,000 to +145,000, and the change for June was revised up from +222,000 to +231,000. With these revisions, employment gains in May and June combined were 2,000 more than previously reported

Long Island jobs hold steady

July 8th, 2017

Many employers are holding on to their employees, as evidenced by the latest labor statistics, which also means Long Island jobs are holding steady.

Employers announced plans to cut payrolls by 31,105 jobs in June, the lowest monthly total of the year according to a report by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

The June job-cut total is 6 percent lower than the 33,092 cuts recorded in May*, and 19.3 percent lower than the same month last year, when 38,536 cuts were recorded.

The pace of job cutting is significantly slower compared to the first half of last year. Through the first six months of 2017, employers announced 227,000 planned job cuts, down 28 percent from the 313,754 cuts announced through the first half of 2016.

“In a tight labor market, it’s no surprise companies are holding on to their existing workforces. Companies are also waiting to see how proposed regulations from the Trump administration may impact business going forward,” said John Challenger, Chief Executive Officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Job cuts in the second quarter totaled 100,799, down 20 percent from the 126,201 cuts announced in the first quarter and 24 percent lower than the 132,834 announced cuts in the second quarter of 2016.

“It is typical to see fewer announced job cuts in the summer months. We have not seen large-scale layoffs this year, as we did in the last two years, especially in the tech and energy sectors,” said Challenger.

Indeed, through this point last year, oil prices were blamed for 71,075 announced job cuts. Challenger has not tracked any job cuts due to a downturn in oil prices so far this year.

Meanwhile, companies in the technology industry – computer, electronics, and telecommunications – announced 50,161 job cuts through June 2016, 52.5 percent more than the 23,813 tech sector job cuts so far this year.

Are trade jobs in Long Island climbing?

July 7th, 2017

Employment reports show that trade jobs in Long Island may be growing.

Private sector employment increased by 158,000 jobs from May to June according to the June ADP National Employment Report.

“Despite a slight moderation in the month of June, the labor market remains strong,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. “For the month of June, jobs were primarily created in the service-providing sector.” Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said.

“The job market continues to power forward. Abstracting from the monthly ups and downs, job growth remains a stalwart between 150,000 and 200,000. At this pace, which is double the rate of labor force growth, the tight labor market will continue getting tighter.”

The matched sample used to develop the ADP National Employment Report was derived from ADP payroll data, which represents 411,000 U.S. clients employing nearly 24 million workers in the U.S. The May total of jobs added was revised down from 253,000 to 230,000.

Does Long Island have an aging workforce?

June 7th, 2017

A recent survey from Careerbuilder looks at the aging workforce, which may impact Long Island jobs.

The study tracks how the shares of workers ages 22 to 34 and ages 55 and older have changed from 2001 to 2016. Topping the list for cities aging the fastest is North Port, FL, while Madison, WI, takes the lead for cities who are experiencing the biggest infusion of millennials into their workforce.

Summary of Key Trends

  • North Port, FL (North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton), has experienced the greatest increase in the share of workers ages 55+ from 2001 to 2016, followed by Oklahoma City, OK, Virginia Beach, VA, Sacramento, CA, and Spokane, WA. In addition to North Port, FL, seeing the greatest increase in share of workers ages 55+ from 2001 to 2016, it also saw the greatest decrease in millennials over the same period.
  • Madison, WI, has experienced the greatest increase in the share of workers ages 22-34 from 2001 to 2016, followed by El Paso, TX, Colorado Springs, CO, Allentown, PA, and Austin, TX.
  • Looking at more recent years, Madison, WI, and Colorado Springs, CO, experienced the greatest influx of millennial workers since 2011. August, GA, Palm Bay, FL, and Nashville, TN, round out the top five.
  • Among the 10 most populous cities, San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, and Atlanta, GA, saw the biggest increase in millennials since 2011.
  • North Port, FL, has the largest overall share of workers ages 55+ (25.8%), followed by New Haven, CT (24.9%), Pittsburgh, PA (24.7%), Hartford, CT (24.4%), and Deltona, FL (24.4%).
  • Among the 10 most populous cities, Philadelphia, PA (23.1%), Miami, FL (23.0%) and New York, NY (22.8%), have the largest share of workers ages 55+.
  • Provo, UT, has the highest overall share of millennial workers —35.4% of its workforce was aged 22-34 in 2016, roughly the same as in 2001 and 2011. Other top ranking cities include El Paso, TX (32.3%), Austin, TX (32.3%), Salt Lake City, UT (32.2%), and San Diego, CA (31.9%).
  • Among the 10 most populous cities, Washington D.C. (29.0%), Dallas, TX (28.8%), and Los Angeles, CA (28.8%), have the highest overall share of millennial workers.
  • While San Diego, CA, has a high concentration of younger workers, it’s also among the cities that have experienced the greatest exodus of millennials from its workforce since 2011.
  • Cities experiencing the biggest declines in millennial workers since 2011 includeTucson, AZ, San Diego, CA, Urban Honolulu, HI, Bakersfield, CA, and Toledo, OH.
  • None of the 10 most populous cities experienced a decline during this period.