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Legal Sector Lost 1,100 Jobs in October

By William Vogeler, Esq. on November 13, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

If you've lost a job recently, don't take it personally.

According to labor statistics, the legal services sector lost 1,100 jobs last month. Out of more than a million people in legal services, it is not a large enough loss for profession-wide depression.

But for any individual, losing a job can be discouraging. It can also provide perspective, however, about where to go next.

Losses and Gains

The latest U.S. Labor Department statistics say there are 1,126,200 people working in legal services. That is actually more than one year ago, when the government reported 1,122,700 jobs in the legal sector.

The recent drop occurred in the same month that more than 261,000 jobs were added to the U.S. workplace. So what is going on in the legal industry?

With advances in legal tech, you could blame it all on the robots. But even with software taking over discovery and corporations taking back more work from outside counsel, computers have not replaced lawyers -- yet.

According to reports, automation can do about 23 percent of an attorney's job. Artificially intelligent robots still cannot make a jury laugh.

Market Watch

However, lawyers have to keep their eyes on the evolution in the marketplace. Technology and the economy have changed the way attorneys practice.

Merging law firms, niche markets, and virtual law practices are the new normal. Legal tech is definitely a thing for the future.

In the process, some lawyers have started new legal service companies. If you lost a job, you may have the opportunity to create a new one.

Have an open position at your law firm? Post the job for free on Indeed, or search local candidate resumes.

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