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10,000 jobs were added to the legal sector in 2015, stats show


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The U.S. legal market has added 10,000 jobs from the beginning of 2015, Bloomberg BNA reports.

The information was pulled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary, released Friday. Those statistics show that 1,200 jobs were added in December 2015.

According to Bloomberg BNA, although the job market for lawyers went up and down during 2015, this puts the industry ahead from the beginning of the year. At the beginning of 2015, there were 1,118,000 people employed in the legal industry. The number rose to 1,122,000 in April, and then started to drop until September, when it rose to 1,125,700. By December, 1,128,000 people were employed in the legal industry.

Overall, U.S. employers in December 2015 added 292,000 workers, and 2015 is seen as a solid one for jobs, with the unemployment rate ending the year at 5 percent, the New York Times reports. Though wage growth was “sluggish,” 2.65 million jobs were added to the economy last year, says the newspaper.


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