Layoffs

2,900 Law Jobs Lost Last Month—and More in Sept. and Oct.


Updated: The overall U.S. unemployment rate fell to 10 percent from 10.2 percent last month, but the legal services sector still didn’t get off too easy.

According to seasonally adjusted numbers, the law sector lost 2,900 jobs in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says in this month’s report (PDF).

The New York Times noted that the Bureau of Labor Statistics “revised the job loss in September and October, shrinking the overall number of job losses by 159,000.” But comparing the revised numbers in this month’s report to the original November (PDF) and October (PDF) reports reveals that legal services sector job losses for those months have actually increased.

Where it was originally reported that 5,800 law jobs lost in October, the stats in this month’s release indicates 6,000 jobs were lost; and where 2,000 law jobs were reported lost in September, the stats in this month’s release indicate 2,400 were actually lost.

This month’s report indicates that legal services has lost 41,800 jobs in the past 12 months.

Hat Tip: Am Law Daily

Updated at 3:31 p.m. to include newly noted legal services sector job losses in September and October.

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