The legal sector added 1,200 jobs in June, making up for the 1,100 jobs it lost in May, according to the latest job figures released Thursday by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In reporting June’s preliminary numbers, the BLS revised its seasonally adjusted May numbers to reflect 400 more lost jobs in the legal sector than previously reported.
In total, legal employment has seen 300 jobs disappear since the start of 2014. Compared to a year ago in June, the legal sector has gained 5,400 jobs.
A total of 1.136 million people are currently employed in the U.S. legal industry as of last month, about the same as in February 2014, but well below its peak in the last decade of 1.179 million, recorded in June 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Total nonfarm jobs in the U.S. increased by 288,000 jobs in June and unemployment declined 0.2 percent to 6.1 percent, the U.S. Department of Labor said. Most employment sectors gained jobs, including the general professional and business services category, which includes legal services.
In the past three months, jobs have grown an average 272,000 per month, the government says.