Nonprofit Economic Data Project Publications
NED Bulletins report on the size, composition, distribution, employment, and growth of the private nonprofit sector on both the National and State level. Below, you will find a list of all published Bulletins.
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- Nonprofits: America's Third Largest Workforce (2018)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #46 | Lester M. Salamon.
Drawing on research data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics developed from its comprehensive Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, this report brings the story of U.S. nonprofit employment up-to-date through 2015. Unlike previous reports in this series, this report presents projected estimates of overall nonprofit employment nationally and by individual states and 1,893 of the country’s approximately 3,100 counties, in addition to breakdowns by field at the national and state levels.
- Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment during a Decade of Turmoil (2012)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #39 | Lester M. Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokolowsi, and Stephanie L.Geller.
This report presents previously unavailable data on year-to-year changes in employment in private, nonprofit establishments in the United States from January 2000 through June 2010, with a special focus on how nonprofit employment fared during the 2007-2009 recession. Initial findings published in September 2011 are available here.
- OVERVIEW: Nonprofits Continue to Add Jobs in the Current Downturn, but Rate of Job Growth Falters
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #37 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie Lessans Geller, and S. Wojciech Sokolowski.
This document presents the initial analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data describes recent changes in U.S. nonprofit employment, compares these to for-profit employment, and looks at growth patterns by state and by nonprofit field. The full report entitled "Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment during a Decade of Turmoil" is available here.
- [News Release] Nonprofits a surprising bright spot in national jobs picture (2010)
News release | 2 September 2010.
Based on data from 21 states, this 2010 Labor Day news release shows that nonprofit employment actually grew by an average of 2.5 percent per year between the second quarter of 2007 and the second quarter of 2009, the worst part of the recent recession. Includes tables on additional findings.
- Employment in America’s Charities: A Profile (2006)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #26 | Lester M. Salamon and S. Wojciech Sokolowski.
Presents new information on employment in America’s charities, drawing on the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), or ES-202 data system, operated by state employment security offices in collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a new annual survey of volunteering carried out by the U.S. Census Bureau as part of its Current Population Survey. The report covers the full nonprofit workforce, including both paid and volunteer workers.
- What Nonprofit Wage Deficit? (2002)
The Nonprofit Quarterly, pp. 61-62, Winter 2002 | Lester M. Salamon.
Compares nonprofit and for-profit wages in industries in which both sectors are significantly engaged. The result is that the real culprit in the apparent wage disparity is industry mix, not nonprofit status. Nonprofit workers actually have higher average wages than for-profit workers in industries in which both are extensively engaged.
- In Search of the Nonprofit Sector: Improving the state of the art (2001)
CCSS Working Paper #18 & Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #3 | Lester M. Salamon and Sarah Dewees. Identifies a set of criteria for evaluating the data sources currently available on the scale and structure of the U.S. nonprofit sector, applies these criteria to the existing sources of data to identify gaps that still exist, and describes how the work now underway through the Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Employment Project (NED) seeks to address these gaps and what the results have been to date. NED utilizes the ES-202 data source, a source of data on nonprofit employment and wages collected by State Employment Security Agencies as part of the federal government’s joint federal-state unemployment insurance program.
State Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletins