Thursday, May 10, 2018
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is reporting that the legal sector added 800 jobs in April after remaining relatively flat through February and March (BLS had previously reported that the legal sector lost 200 jobs in February but later revised that figure as it often does once more data comes in). You can check out the raw data at BLS's website here (scroll down).
The American Lawyer has reviewed the total numbers of jobs in the legal sector (which includes non-lawyer positions like paralegals legal assistants) and found that the figure has remained relatively stable on an annual basis over the past couple of years (i.e., flat). That's consistent with a recent ABA report that employment for law school grads is up slightly but it's because the overall applicant pool has shrunk.