After several months of gains, legal sector loses 8,900 jobs

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The legal services sector lost 8,900 jobs last month after five straight months of gains, according to seasonally adjusted, preliminary figures released Friday.

The August number is still an increase of 22,100 jobs from August 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The legal sector gained 4,300 jobs in July, 1,600 jobs in June, 3,000 jobs in May, 4,400 jobs in April, and 1,000 jobs in March, according to seasonally adjusted and revised numbers.

The sector had 1,179,300 legal jobs in August 2022, a decrease from 1,188,200 jobs in July but up from 1,157,200 jobs in August 2021. The pandemic low, set in April 2020, was 1,093,300 jobs.

The jobs number is based on payroll jobs for attorneys and staff members working at firms providing legal services. The jobs data can change in monthly revisions and in the annual look-back process.

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