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Long Island adds 5,400 jobs in June

Job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Melville

Job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Melville in April. Photo Credit: Newsday/ J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The private sector job count on Long Island grew last month by 5,400 jobs compared to a year before, for a total 1,043,200, state labor officials reported Thursday.

The gain showed some renewed momentum following a rather weak jobs report in May, when the number of jobs rose by just 700 compared to the year earlier. This marks the third consecutive month of postive job growth following 22 consecutive months of private sector job losses in the region dating back to June 2008.

The largest job gains in June, according to the state, were in trade, transportation and utilities (+6,200), educational and health services (+5,400), leisure and hospitality (+3,400) and other services (+200).

Job losses occurred in professional and business services (-3,300), manufacturing (-3,100), financial activities (-2,100), natural resources, mining and construction (-900) and information (-400). The public sector added 3,800 jobs over the year.

"Long Island’s unemployment rate held steady in June at 6.7 percent, unchanged from May, and down from 7.3 percent a year ago in June of 2009," the state announced. "The June decline in the unemployment rate compared to one year ago, was the third consecutive month showing an over-the-year drop in unemployment, a reversal of a pattern of rising unemployment that began in mid 2007."

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Above, participants in a job fair in Melville in April.

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