Thursday, August 18, 2011
Report One summarizes data produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding national employment and unemployment for workers in legal occupations.
- Introduction: Unemployment among lawyers was 1.5% in 2010, far below the national unemployment rate of 9.6%.
- What is the status of legal employment?: 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?: The total number of workers employed in legal occupations increased every year during the recession.
- How do legal occupations compare to other occupations?: 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.
- Conclusion: In 2010, lawyers had one of the lowest unemployment rates among all management and professional occupations.
(Hat Tip: David Yellen.)