The U.S. legal sector added 100 jobs in May, according to the preliminary monthly employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The total jobs in the legal workforce stood at 1,123,500, according to the seasonally adjusted figures. That’s up from April when the bureau counted 1,123,400 jobs.
Since the recession, the legal workforce reached its peak in 2013 at 1,132,800 people employed.
Overall, the U.S. added 38,000 jobs in May — far less than expected and less than the 160,000 jobs believed added in April. The official unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent from 5 percent, attributed to people dropping out of the workforce.
Job gains occurred in professional and health care (46,000 jobs). But employment in the information sector declined by 35,000, which was affected by about 34,000 Verizon workers on strike who were classified as unemployed by the bureau. Mining also lost 10,000 jobs.