The legal services sector of the U.S. economy is growing, and this trend is reflected in recent data. Reuters reports that the legal services segment increased its hiring in December 2012 and contributed to the declining unemployment rate last year.

While the jobless rate remained at 7.8 percent in December, the figure may fall in 2013 if the legal services industry continues to hire more qualified professionals. The news source notes that the last time more legal services sector experts were employed was in June 2009, and growth remained steady throughout last year. In fact, Fulbright & Jaworski and SNR Denton were just a few of the U.S. law firms that increased their workforces in 2012.

Fortson, Bentley & Griffin, P.A., a legal services group in Athens, Georgia, recently hired new attorneys to support its clients. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the firm added several lawyers to its team in January 2013.

"We continue to seek the best and brightest attorneys who will embrace our commitment to client service and our vision of offering a full range of legal services," firm partner David K. Linder told the news source.

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