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Long Island up 12,100 jobs in year

Students attend a jobs fair at Hofstra University.

Students attend a jobs fair at Hofstra University. Companies are hiring more than cutting. Photo Credit: Newsday File / Audrey C. Tiernan

The Long Island economy had 12,100 more private-sector jobs in February of this year than it had the year before, according to preliminary data just released by the state Labor Department.

It was the second-biggest jump  since the Island's economy started adding jobs again in July 2010, after a nearly two-year drought. The biggest jump was in the November period, when 13,000 jobs were added.

But the latest private-sector number, a 0.9% increase, to 990,100, was weakened by the loss of 1,500 jobs in the public, or government sector.

The private-sector number jumped significantly from the 5,600 jobs reported for the January period. The department will release the local unemployment rate in a separate report on Tuesday. 

The biggest gains by sector were:
-- Educational and health services, +5,100
-- Leisure and hospitality, +3,800
-- Professional and business services, +3,500
-- Trade, transportation and utilities, +3,400
-- Other services, +2,700
 
The biggest loses by sector were:
-- Natural resources, mining and construction, -3,400
-- Information, -1,300
-- Government, 1,500
-- Manufacturing, -1,200
-- Financial activities, -500. 

Photo: Participants in a job fair at Hofstra University earlier this month. 

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