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Legal services employment dipped in July as the sector lost 2,100 jobs while the overall U.S. economy added some 157,000 jobs and the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.9 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

In its monthly look over the country’s employment situation, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday that 1,137,400 worked in the legal services industry in July— a total that takes account of lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries and other law-related professions. The figures BLS released on Friday are provisional, so they could be revised.

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Scott Flaherty

Scott Flaherty, based in New York, covers the business of law with a focus on legal ethics, lawyer misconduct, conflicts-of-interest and litigation involving law firms. He can be reached at [email protected] On Twitter: @sflaherty18

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