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The size of the legal services industry shrunk in November, dropping 2,400 jobs over the prior month, even as the U.S. economy overall gained 155,000 jobs and unemployment remained steady at its lowest rate in nearly half a century, the Department of Labor reported on Friday.

In its latest monthly look at employment in the U.S., the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics showed some 1,135,700 people worked in legal services in November, a figure that includes lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants and other law-related professions. The BLS data is seasonally adjusted and provisional, meaning it could be revised in later months.

November’s dip in legal sector jobs follows two straight months of job growth. According to revised data released on Friday, the legal services industry added 1,400 jobs in September and 200 more in October.

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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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