The legal sector added 2,100 new positions in April to mark its second straight month of job growth, according to seasonally adjusted preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The latest increase comes on the heels of initial BLS reports that showed the industry adding 2,000 jobs in March. However, Friday’s BLS report revised that figure upward to 3,500 legal services jobs added for the month. The back-to-back gains managed to offset a rough early start to the year that saw 2,400 legal jobs lost in January and another 500 lost in February.
The recent gains have pushed the total number of professionals employed in the legal industry to 1.13 million—10,000 more than in April 2012 and the highest number since the same month four years ago. Overall, though, there are currently some 50,000 fewer people employed in the legal industry than there were at its peak in May 2007.
The overall U.S. economy created 165,000 jobs last month, which pushed the nation’s unemployment rate down slightly from 7.6 to 7.5 percent—its lowest point since December 2008, according to The New York Times.