Legal jobs continued upward climb in June; sector adds 92,300 jobs since pandemic low

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The legal services sector added 3,000 jobs in June, according to seasonally adjusted, preliminary figures released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But the monthly increase pales in comparison to the year-over-year increase in jobs. The legal sector had 35,200 more jobs than in June 2021, according to the data.

Legal employment in June was 1,185,600 jobs.

That number is 22,600 jobs higher than the pre-pandemic high of 1,163,000 legal jobs set in February 2020 and 92,300 jobs higher than the pandemic low of 1,093,300 jobs set in April 2020, a month after the World Health Organization declared that the COVID-19 outbreak was a pandemic.

The June gain of 3,000 jobs follows gains of 3,300 jobs in May and 4,400 jobs in April.

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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