While the legal sector lost 1,100 jobs in November, the revised number of jobs lost in October was downgraded from 900 to 400. And the total number of legal sector employment remains 2,500 higher than it did at this time last year.
November marks the second straight month of job loss in the legal sector, according to seasonally adjusted preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The loss of 1,500 jobs over the last two months follows a three-month gain of 4,000 jobs, according to revised data.
The BLS puts the net job gain within the legal sector at 3,000 for a total of 1.128 million people currently employed in the legal services sector. That’s 2,500 more jobs than in November 2012.
Overall employment in the professional and business services category, under which legal services is included, increased by 35,000 jobs last month. And the unemployment rate within that category decreased from 7.9 percent in November 2012 to 7.5 percent last month.
Meanwhile, the total U.S. economy added 203,000 jobs in November, decreasing the unemployment rate from 7.3 percent to 7 percent, which is a five-year low.