The legal sector added jobs for the second straight month as 600 people joined the industry’s work force in October, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Nov. 2 report also revised the agency’s original estimate for the number of jobs gained by the legal sector in September upward from 1,000 to 1,300, as well as its August figures to reflect a loss of 1,100, rather than 1,400, jobs.
Factoring in the October bump, the BLS’s seasonally adjusted figures show the legal sector enjoying a net gain of 6,000 jobs since the start of 2012. The industry now employs 6,600 more people than it did in October 2011 and about 1.12 million people all told. While that figure represents a peak in legal hiring since July 2009, it is still several thousand jobs short of 1.17 million people the industry typically employed prior to the financial crisis.