Non profit jobs (Click here) have continued to flourish in recent years, despite the state of the national economy.
A report released last year by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies found that nonprofit employment actually increased during the economic recession, while for-profit employment continued to decline during the same period.
Between Q2 2007 and Q2 2009, employment in nonprofits increased by an average of 2.5 percent, while employment in for-profit companies decreased by an average of 3.3 percent during those two years.
Nonprofit employment during the recession also was better than it was between 2001 and 2007, when the sector’s workforce grew by an average of 2.3 percent per year. During that time, for-profit employment only grew by an average of .2 percent per year.
“That nonprofit organizations have been able to increase employment in the face of the most severe recession since the Great Depression is a testament to the effectiveness of the federal stimulus program, which channeled assistance to many nonprofit organizations, and to the resilience and determination of nonprofit leaders and those who support them in the public and private sectors,” Lester M. Salamon, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, said in a statement.
The following nonprofit industries saw an increase in employment between 2007 and 2009:
- Arts and entertainment – 4.6 percent
- Ambulatory health – 4.2 percent
- Primary and secondary schools – 3.9 percent
- Hospitals – 2.4 percent
- Nursing homes – 1.8 percent
- Colleges and universities – 1.7 percent
- Social assistance – 1.4 percent
- Membership organizations – .4 percent
The report is based on data from 21 different states that represent a cross-section of the country. Of those states, Delaware saw the biggest nonprofit employment growth over the two years, increasing by 5.2 percent. Conversely, New Jersey saw the smallest nonprofit sector growth, at only .7 percent.
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