Employment in New York City increased 18.9% from 2009 to 2017 — outpacing the rest of the U.S.

Glenn Blain

New York Daily News

Feb 22, 2018

The Big Apple is booming when it comes to job growth, a new report revealed Thursday.

Between 2009 and 2017, New York City added a record 702,200 new jobs, a higher number than was created during any other economic expansion, state Controller Thomas DiNapoli reported Thursday.

The city's job growth outpaced the rest of the nation.

"New York City is undergoing the largest and longest expansion since World War II," DiNapoli said. "Employment is at a record level and more jobs are being created in the boroughs outside of Manhattan than ever before."

Overall, employment in New York City increased by 18.9% between 2009 and 2017, pushing the total jobs level to 4.4 million by 2017. It surpassed the pre-recession record by more than 600,000 jobs.

The nation and New York state had job gains of 11.5% during the same period.

Unlike previous expansions, however, the job growth during this boom was not dominated by Wall Street, DiNapoli said. Health care, business services (particularly tech and media companies) and tourism-related businesses were the driving forces.

The business services sector was the largest source of new jobs — adding 174,400 jobs from 2009 to 2017 — while the securities industry added only 9,700 jobs and remains 5% smaller than before the financial crisis, DiNapoli reported.

Nearly half of the job gains took place outside of Manhattan, with Brooklyn showing the fastest rate of private-sector job growth in the five boroughs at 38%, followed by Queens at 24%, Manhattan at 20%, the Bronx at 15% and Staten Island at 14%.