Monday, March 7, 2011

The legal services sector lost 2,900 jobs last month

Although the general job market is showing improvement, the legal sector took a step back in February after adding jobs the month before. From the American Lawyer:

The United States economy may be showing signs of improvement, but in at least one way the legal sector is not enjoying the fruits of that recovery: the industry shed 2,900 jobs in February, according to the monthly employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The latest BLS report is a harsh dose of reality, given that the adjusted January numbers that it contains show that the legal industry actually gained 500 jobs that month--a modest boost that pales next to the job losses of both November (-900) and December (-1,600). (Click here for our January jobs report and here for our December coverage.).

You can access the Bureau of Labor Statistics report here (scroll down 2/3rds of the page) and read more coverage from AmLaw here.


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