U.S. Legal Sector Loses 1,500 Jobs in April

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The U.S. legal sector shed 1,500 jobs in the month of April, according to the new monthly employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The loss of jobs brought the overall workforce in the law industry to 1,122,500 people, according to the figures.

The employment level is the lowest since August 2015.

On top of that, the 1,200 jobs the bureau previously said were added in March has since been revised downward to 900.

Overall, the jobs picture comes as the U.S. economy added 160,000 jobs in April, while the unemployment rate was unchanged at five percent, the bureau said.

Job gains occurred in professional and business services (65,000 jobs), health care (44,000 jobs) and financial services (20,000).

The monthly figures 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.