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LawCrossing: New Year Off to a Bright Start
January 15, 2007
LawCrossing, the world's largest legal career placement website, has released its monthly statistical report on changes in the legal job market over the past 30 days.

The New Year shows amazing increases in job growth because of the consistency and stability in growth. In the Government sector, all regions of the country increased from last month, with the exception of the Mid-Atlantic, which remained the same.

Hopeful job growth has been registered in most geographic regions across the country. The Northeast showed an increase in openings at law firms from 2,490 available jobs in December to 2,511 in January. The numbers were higher for in-house and government jobs. The Mid-Atlantic region showed an increase from 1,992 jobs in December to 2,011 in January, with 19 more in-house jobs available in January. The South showed a decrease from 2,259 jobs in December to 2,174 in January, but showed an increase in both government and in-house jobs. The number of jobs in the Midwest is down, from 1,702 law firm jobs in December to 1,635 in January. An increase of more than 100 in-house jobs was also reported for the Midwest. The Southwest showed a decrease in jobs, as well, from 553 in December to 524 in January. The West had 3,425 positions last month and 3,331 in January, reflecting an in-house job increase slightly greater than 1%.

Harrison Barnes, CEO of LawCrossing, states, "We see the New Year as a year of growth and prosperity for legal opportunities."

Regarding specific legal staff areas, LawCrossing's report shows that the number of paralegal jobs has risen from 32,134 last year to 38,909 in 2007. The number of legal secretary positions has risen from 30,061 to 34,846. The number of accounting and finance jobs has declined from 1,623 last year to 964 this year. The number of receptionist jobs has plummeted from 894 last year to 90 this year. The availability of technical specialist positions is up 1% from last year.

LawCrossing's team of 300 researchers and editorial staff monitors the hiring trends of more than one million legal employers. With more than 100,000 U.S. legal jobs in its database, LawCrossing counts tens of thousands of law students, attorneys, and legal staff professionals as members.
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