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June 4, 2010 1:37 PM

Legal Sector Sees Jobs Bump in May

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

The legal sector gained 300 jobs in May after experiencing losses in the hundreds during the previous month, according to the latest employment report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the industry has still lost 400 jobs since March, and a total of 22,200 legal jobs have disappeared since May 2009. (Here are our reports on the numbers in February, March, and April.)

Overall, the U.S. economy added 431,000 jobs in May, although the BLS was quick to point out that the upswing is largely a result of the 411,000 temporary employees the government hired to work on Census 2010. The new jobs helped ease the unemployment rate down from 9.9 percent in April to 9.7 percent, which is where it stood during the first three months of 2010.

Nationally, payrolls have risen for five consecutive months, but the increase has failed to match expectations of analysts who predicted that 540,000 new jobs would be added, The New York Times reports. "Most of the private-sector gains were in manufacturing, but over all, the figures suggest that nongovernment hiring was weak," the Times says.

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What does this mean for me? I will be a 1L in the fall. By the time I graduate in 2013, will the legal sector be back on it's feet?

Here in the UK we've seen a significant increase in in-house legal opportunities year on year with 50% more jobs registered between Q1 2009 and Q1 2010.

Get a job as a prosecutor. It's fulfilling (you get the bad guys) and ever so much more interesting.

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