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October 8, 2010 12:52 PM

Legal Jobs on the Rise as Overall Jobs Numbers Decline

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

Even as the national economy suffered through another month of employment losses, the legal sector continued to see marked improvement.

For the third straight month, more people landed legal jobs than lost them, according to the latest employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The sector saw 2,500 new positions added in September.

BLS initially reported an increase of 1,000 legal services jobs in August, but newly adjusted numbers show the total was actually 1,400 for that month. The recent job stats in the legal market still lag behind the rates of employment in the sector reported by BLS for September 2009 (by 6,700 jobs). Total legal sector jobs have been on the rise since July, with nearly 4,000 new jobs added in the past three months. (See our jobs reports for August, July, and June.)

The statistics covering the U.S. economy overall less optimistic--95,000 jobs were lost nationally in September. The unemployment rate held steady at 9.6 percent. Private-sector employment saw a boost of 64,000 new jobs while government employment again fell, by 159,000, as temporary employment with the 2010 Census continued to die out and local government positions disappeared.

Healthcare employment remains a strong point in the current economy--that sector added 24,000 jobs last month. The industry has averaged 21,000 new jobs per month this year.


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