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A rosy employment report for the U.S. economy in the first month of 2018 didn’t carry over to the legal services industry, which lost 1,100 jobs in January, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The agency’s Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a decline in the number of people employed in legal services in January over the prior month. The monthly BLS data release reported that 1,135,500 people worked in the industry in January, which includes lawyers, paralegals and legal secretaries, among other law-related professions. That’s down from 1,136,600 people employed in December, according to BLS. The agency’s data for both December and January is seasonally-adjusted, provisional and could be revised.

The BLS release follows on the heels of another recent employment-related report indicating that summer associate hiring was down in 2017 at the largest firms. Recent data from the National Association for Law Placement showed that summer associate class sizes declined at firms with more than 700 lawyers for the first time since 2012.

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Scott Flaherty

Scott Flaherty, based in New York, covers the business of law with a focus on legal ethics, lawyer misconduct, conflicts-of-interest and litigation involving law firms. He can be reached at [email protected] On Twitter: @sflaherty18

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