If a rising tide lifts all ships, the legal industry took on water last month. The U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, far surpassing projected gains. But the legal industry failed to keep pace, declining 0.7% between March and April.

Total jobs in the industry, which includes lawyers, paralegals and other professional legal jobs, stood at 1,142,400, down from the 1,143,100 reported in March of this year. The decline is not numerically significant, but did show that other sectors are outpacing legal in the continued economic recovery from the Great Recession.

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