The number of jobs in the legal services sector remained essentially flat in June, at around 1.1 million, according to the Labor Department. (The jobs data show legal services added 200 jobs.)
That has been the story since the beginning of the year. The good news is that legal services has added about 8,500 jobs since June 2011.
Conditions at law firms have stabilized since 2009, when the legal industry shed 41,900 positions, according to the Labor Department. Cuts were more moderate last year, with some 2,700 positions eliminated.
Professional and technical services as a group — which includes legal, accounting and bookkeeping, architecture and engineering, computer systems design, and management and technical consulting — accounted for 18,200 new jobs in June, according to the Labor Department. Management and technical consulting services led the way, adding 8,900 jobs.
Overall, nonfarm payrolls grew by 80,000 last month and unemployment was unchanged at 8.2%