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Long Island gains 10,900 private sector jobs

Participants at a career fair in October at

Participants at a career fair in October at Hofstra. Credit: Audrey C. Tiernan

Long Island has picked up the speed of job creation, according to the latest report from the New York State Labor Department.

The Island had 10,900 more private-sector jobs in October than it did in October 2009, marking seven consecutive months now that the local economy has added jobs.

What’s more the economy performed better in the September-to-September period than the New York State Labor Department first reported. Long Island had 8,300 more private sector jobs in September than in September 2009. The department had originally reported a 5,600 increase.

All employment, which includes both the private and public sector rose just 5,700 in the 12 months ended in October because of continued cutting in the government sector, especially in local government and education.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.9 percent in October, matching the September rate.

Here are details from the state announcement:

In October job gains occurred in educational and health services (+5,200), trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,000), natural resources, mining and construction (+1,600), leisure and hospitality (+1,000), and other services (+900). Job losses occurred in financial activities (-1,500), manufacturing (-1,000), information (-200) and professional and business services (-100). Government employment declined by 5,200 jobs.

Above, participants in a career fair at Hofstra last month.

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