U.S. Legal Sector Adds 200 Jobs in July

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The U.S. legal services sector added 200 jobs during the month of June, as the overall economy gained 215,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The number of people employed in the legal business stood at 1,122,200 last month, or 4,200 more than were employed when the year started, according to bureau data.

The seven-month gain eclipses a loss of 2,700 jobs the legal industry sustained throughout the course of 2014, in the latest sign of a volatile market.

The Federal Reserve’s Beige Book reported mixed results for the state of the legal market in the month of July.

Dallas saw demand increase in some areas, like litigation and real estate, and San Francisco found that legal demand has “generally remained weak, and contacts reported continued excess availability of trained legal talent,” the report said.

The monthly figures in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics are preliminary and are often adjusted in future reports. They account for lawyers and legal professionals who are on the payroll, including paralegals and secretaries.