Bloomberg Law
July 8, 2021, 9:01 AM

ANALYSIS: Lawyer and Legal Jobs Fall, Bucking Economic Trends

Francis Boustany
Francis Boustany
Legal Analyst
Sara Lord
Sara Lord
Analysis Team Lead - Legal Markets

Despite widely available Covid-19 vaccines and economies reopening nationwide, lawyer employment fell in the second quarter and still stands well below its pre-pandemic levels, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. And while paralegals, law clerks, and title examiners enjoyed employment growth this quarter, legal support jobs plunged, indicating that overall legal occupations employment remains delicate and unpredictable.

Lawyer Employment Fell, Unemployment Rose

In 2Q21, lawyer employment fell by 3.7%, representing its third consecutive quarterly drop. Moreover, the lawyer unemployment rate rose to its highest level since 2Q14 and stands at 1.9%, potentially indicating that despite the overall ...

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