Thomas DiNapoli

NEW YORK CITY—The Rockaways has seen significant population andprivate sector job growth in the nearly five-and-a-half years sinceSuperstorm Sandy brought massive flooding and devastation onshoreto this section of Queens.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report onFriday that indicated while private sector employment fell 11%between 2011 and 2013, it set a new record of 14,900 jobs in 2016,400 more than the previous record posted prior to SuperstormSandy.

Job growth remained strong during the first half of 2017, rising4.6% or twice the citywide average. Health care was thelargest employer in the Rockaways, accounting for 39 percent of allprivate sector jobs. More than half of the jobs gained between 2013and 2016 were concentrated in health care, restaurants and bars andpersonal services, according to the State Comptroller's report.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.