The legal sector lost 100 jobs in October, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor, but the industry is still on track to see overall job gains in 2016.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that the industry employed 1,125,300 people last month, though those figures could be revised. Last month the BLS recorded 1,125,600 employed in the legal sector in September, but it has since revised that number down to 1,125,400.
Legal industry employment has grown unevenly over the year. The October numbers show 1,500 more jobs than at this time a year ago, but the industry still lags behind its pre-recession employment level by about 55,000 jobs. Those jobs are unlikely to be recouped as law firms and legal departments make efforts to automate and streamline their services in order to cut costs.
Overall, 161,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy last month, while the unemployment rate dropped slightly from 5 percent to 4.9 percent, according to the BLS data. The agency reported that employment continues to grow in the health care, financial and professional and business services sectors.
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