Legal Sector Lost 2,000 Jobs Last Month, 58 Jobs Last Week
Posted Oct 5, 2009 5:44 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
The legal sector lost 2,000 jobs last month, according to seasonally adjusted numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The decline was much higher when the numbers aren’t seasonally adjusted. In raw numbers, a total of 13,600 jobs were lost last month, likely because of summer associate programs ending, the Am Law Daily reports.
While the news isn’t good for those who lost their jobs, there is a bright side: The numbers are lower than last spring. Seasonally adjusted numbers showed 2,700 lost jobs in March and 4,200 lost jobs in February.
Meanwhile the layoffs of 58 staffers last week at Cooley Godward dashed hopes that large law firms would go two weeks without any job cuts, LawShucks reports. By its count, 4,474 lawyers and 7,316 staffers have been laid off from law firms in 2009.