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Long Island gains 8,000 jobs in a year

Monica Lecointe walks through the job fair at

Monica Lecointe walks through the job fair at Nassau Community College in April. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

The Long Island economy continues to show signs of growth, according to state Labor Department data released Thursday. The Island had 10,300 more private-sector jobs in March, than it did in March of last year, up 1 percent.

That increase follows an increase of 11,100 for the comparable February period. But that number was revised lower from the originally reported 12,100. And continuing job losses in the government sector knocked down overall employment growth for the latest period to 8,000 jobs.

The educational and health-services sector added the most jobs -- 6,500. The education portion of that sector includes private educational institutions, as opposed to public ones, which lost jobs in the latest period. The construction sector lost the largest number of jobs -- 3,000.

Photo: Monica Lecointe walks through the job fair at Nassau Community College last week.

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