Legal services sector shed a whopping 64,000 jobs last month

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Legal employment is way down amid law firm furloughs and layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The legal services sector lost 64,000 jobs in April, according to seasonally adjusted numbers by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since April of last year, the sector lost 48,400 jobs.

The legal services sector had 1,097,600 jobs in April, compared to 1,161,600 jobs in March and 1,162,700 jobs in February. The March and February numbers have been revised slightly since last month.

The one-month job losses are close to two-year losses in the legal services sector during the recession that began in December 2007.

At the end of 2008, the legal services sector lost nearly 12,000 jobs in a year’s time. At the end of 2009, the one-year loss was 41,800 jobs.

In November 2007, the month before the recession began, the legal services sector had 1,175,200 jobs.

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