The legal industry added 2,800 jobs in July after suffering major losses on the employment front during the previous two months, according to seasonally adjusted preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Initial BLS figures issued last month showed the legal sector shedding more jobs in June than it had during any single month since June 2011. On Friday, in addition to reporting the July gains, the BLS revised its job loss figures for both May and June downward, respectively, from 2,900 to 2,100 and from 3,600 to 2,700.
Those revisions and July's job growth notwithstanding, the legal sector has lost 2,000 jobs since April, when it employed 1.129 million people—the highest total since 2009. With 1.127 million people currently holding legal jobs, the industry employs 3,800 more people than it did at this point last year.
The overall U.S. economy, meanwhile, continued to expand at a steady, but slow pace last month by adding 162,000 jobs, according to Friday's BLS reports. While those gains pushed the national unemployment rate down from 7.6 percent to 7.4 percent, they fell short of analysts' expectations, according to The New York Times. The Times further notes that the revised May and June figures released by the BLS Friday show the broader economy adding fewer jobs during those months than originally estimated.