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The U.S. economy added 136,000 jobs in September, extending gains while still falling below some economists’ expectations. The news was gloomier for the legal industry, which contracted by 0.9% between August and September, losing 900 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest jobs report.

The legal industry, including attorneys, paralegals, legal secretaries and others, employed 1,147,200 people in September, according to BLS. Last month’s declines come after August brought 4,100 new jobs in the industry. The previous three months before that had seen little to no growth.

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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith, based in New York, covers the business of law, including the ways law firms compete for clients and talent, cannabis law and marketing innovation. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @nycpatrickd

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