Lawyers have one of the highest employment rates of all professional occupations.
Unemployment among lawyers was 1.5% in 2010, far below the national unemployment rate of 9.6%.
From 2001 to 2010, the unemployment rate for lawyers increased only 0.5%, the same increase as for physicians and surgeons.
The total number of workers employed in legal occupations increased every year during the recession.
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.
In 2010, lawyers had one of the lowest unemployment rates among all management and professional occupations.