Employment In The Legal Profession
Report 1: National Employment - 2010

Report 1: National Employment »

Lawyers have one of the highest employment rates of all professional occupations.


Fact: Unemployment among lawyers was 1.5% in 2010, far below the national unemployment rate of 9.6%.

What is the status of legal employment?

Fact: From 2001 to 2010, the unemployment rate for lawyers increased only 0.5%, the same increase as for physicians and surgeons.

How has the recession impacted legal employment?

Fact: The total number of workers employed in legal occupations increased every year during the recession.

How do legal occupations compare to other occupations?

Fact: From 2001 to 2010, legal occupations had the smallest increase in unemployment rate among the ten U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics management and professional occupation categories.


Fact: In 2010, lawyers had one of the lowest unemployment rates among all management and professional occupations.



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The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor