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Jobs on Island down 6,800 for June

Participants at a job fair at the Cradle

Participants at a job fair at the Cradle of Aviation Museum last month. Credit: Steve Pfost

The Long Island job market continues to contract, according to New York State Labor Department data released Thursday afternoon.

The Island had 6,800 fewer jobs overall in June than it had a year earlier, the most since March of last year. The private sector, which lost jobs for the first time in a year, had 1,400 fewer jobs. The public sector had 5,400 fewer jobs.

The government sector lost the most jobs. The educational and health services category gained the most, 3,000.

The latest numbers, coupled with a rise in layoff announcements recently, could indicate that more gloom is settling over the employment market, both here and nationwide. CA Technologies, the Islandia-based software company on Wednesday said that it plans to lay off up to 500 employees, but declined to say how many on Long Island would be affected. And Northrop Grumman announced that it would close its Melville facility and lay off 44 employees between September of this year and November 2012

Nationally, computer-equipment manufacturer Cisco Systems said it would reduce its workforce by 6,500. And the securities firm Goldman Sachs said it would cut 1,000 jobs.

The department will release the June unemployment data on Tuesday.

Photo: Participants at a job fair at the Cradle of Aviation Museum last month.

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