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by Jay Reeves |

Good News: Law Jobs on the Rise

Here’s a glimmer of bright news in an otherwise cloudy time: employment in the legal sector is slowly but steadily rising after bottoming out in April.

The law industry picked up 4,800 jobs nationwide in October, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, representing the sixth straight month of job gains.

And though 4,800 new jobs in a population of 330 million might not seem like a lot, it’s a bounty considering the fact that in April the industry shed 68,000 jobs.

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The legal industry had 1,117,400 jobs in October 2020, up from 1,112,600 in September (a gain of 1,700 for the month) and 1,110,900 in August (a gain of 2,500 for the month). So the trend-line is headed in the right direction.

There were 1,153,700 law-related jobs in October 2019. That is 36,300 more jobs than in October 2020.


Jay Reeves is author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World. He practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. Now he writes and speaks at CLEs, keynotes and in-firm presentations on lawyer professionalism and well-being. He runs Your Law Life LLC, which helps lawyers add purpose, profits and peace of mind to their practices. Contact or 919-619-2441.


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Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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