U.S. Legal Sector Sees Employment Drop by 2,000 in August

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The legal services sector shed 2,000 jobs in the month of August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The number of people employed in the legal industry stood at 1,117,600 in August, down from 1,119,600 in July, according to the jobs figures.

Compared to May, the employment dropoff is steeper, as there were nearly 5,000 fewer jobs in August. In May, the industry put to work 1,122,500 people, marking the highest level of employment this year.

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.

The downturn in the legal industry came while the broader economy increased total nonfarm payroll employment by 173,000 and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.1 percent.

Employment in professional and business services continued to trend upward in August, adding 33,000 jobs.