According to a study by labor economists Michael Simkovic and Frank McIntyre, a law degree increases the present value of lifetime earnings in the . by $1,000,000 compared to a bachelor's degree.      According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average salary for lawyers in 2012 was above $130,000.  Salaries vary by geography, with higher average salaries in big cities—especially New York, Washington, ., Chicago, and Los Angeles—and lower salaries in rural areas. An unpublished table produced by the . Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that unemployment rates among experienced lawyers are lower than those for most high-income occupations.  BLS data also suggests that lawyer employment has grown slightly faster than other occupations, with lawyers comprising a growing share of the work force over the last decade.