The U.S. legal sector shed 1,300 jobs in May, according to statistics released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.
While the industry has lost jobs every month so far in 2009, May's losses mark the smallest drop in legal jobs this year. All told, 14,400 legal-services jobs are gone since the beginning of the year, and 25,500 since a year ago, according to the Labor Department. The statistics are seasonally adjusted. When not adjusted, the department reports 30,200 job cuts over the past year.
Some 1.14 million people, or less than 1 percent of those making up the total U.S. job market, label themselves as legal-service employees.
This article first appeared on The Am Law Daily blog on AmericanLawyer.com.