Albany - (WALK) Long Island added 31,700 jobs in November, compared with November of 2012, the greatest month-to-month improvement of the year, according to the New York State Department of Labor.
The 12-month jump may be the result of job losses last year by contractors and others following the grim days after superstorm Sandy, when their work was interrupted. Employment in contracting trades improved in November of 2013 by 14.7 percent, according to labor authorities.
Employment in professions, business, health and education also improved from the previous November, but government jobs declined by 200, according to the report Thursday.
November is the 42nd consecutive year-to-year improvement in employment for Long Island.
The state Department of Labor will publish Long Island's unemployment rate for November on Tuesday. Our region's unemployment rate for October was 5.9 percent, the first recording below 6 percent since 2008.