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%
via Legal Jobs Report: June – Law Blog – WSJ.
An employment website has more bad news for unemployed lawyers. Its data shows the legal field is the most difficult industry for job placement.
According to data from job search engine SimplyHired.com, there is less than one job opening for every 100 working lawyers, making it the career that is most difficult for job placement, the Wall Street Journal sub. req. reports.
The outlook is better for occupational, physical and speech therapists, who are in high demand and short supply, the story says. There are 64 open jobs in occupational therapy for every 100 people working in the field.According to a SimplyHired.com press release, job openings listed for the legal field dropped 1.9 percent in August.
Meanwhile, data from the Bureau of Legal Statistics shows the legal industry added only 100 new jobs in August, according to the Am Law Daily.
via Legal Field Is Nation’s Most Difficult Industry for Job Placement, Employment Website Says – News – ABA Journal.
A study conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. shows that there is a surplus of lawyers in all states, except for Wisconsin, Nebraska, and D.C. The state with the highest surplus is New York, followed by California, New Jersey, Illinois, and Massachusetts.
Link to ABA Article.