Employment in the U.S. legal sector got a little better in October, adding 700 jobs to bring the national workforce to little more than 1.1 million people, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The uptick marks the highest level of employment in the legal industry this year, at 1,125,800 people. But since the recession, there have been a number of months when the U.S. legal sector employed more people: in April 2013, for instance, there were as many as 1,134,900 people employed.
Compared to pre-recession levels, in 2006, legal employment hovered between 1,170,000 and 1,175,000 people. That means there’s still about 45,000 fewer people working in the U.S. legal sector.
The monthly figures in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics are preliminary and are often adjusted in future reports. They account for lawyers and legal professionals who are on the payroll, including paralegals and secretaries.