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Legal industry loses 1,700 jobs in March

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The legal industry lost 1,700 jobs in March, before law firms began to announce layoffs and furloughs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The March loss follows months of gains that pushed legal industry jobs to the highest level in 10 years.

The numbers are based on a survey of payrolls during the second week in March, according to a Politico report on total employment numbers. Overall, the United States lost 701,000 jobs.

The legal services sector had 1,160,500 jobs in March, compared to 1,162,200 jobs in February and 1,160,600 jobs in January, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The March jobs number is still higher than the number a year ago, when there were 1,146,700 legal jobs.

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