November 18, 2017
 
Mass. Nonprofit Sector Grew as State Stagnated in Recession

October 20, 2014 — Nonprofit employment in Massachusetts rose nearly every year from 2007 to 2012, as total employment in Massachusetts barely nudged during that period which spanned the Great Recession, due largely to growth in healthcare and social services employment, according to newly published research.

Employment among 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts grew nearly 6% from 2007 to 2012 as total employment in the state remained virtually unchanged.

Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the state’s nonprofit trade association, said, “The new research illustrates the scope and scale of the state’s nonprofit sector and reinforces its role as a powerful economic engine. It also highlights the need to prioritize efforts to attract and retain a talented workforce with tools such as workforce development training.”

The numbers of Massachusetts nonprofits and employees are based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics research that examined quarterly employment and wage data for every business with employees covered by unemployment insurance. Total Massachusetts employment numbers are seasonally adjusted data from the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The number of nonprofit jobs in Massachusetts grew from 473,772 at 8,421 organizations in 2007 to 501,595 at 9,441 organizations in 2012.

Total nonprofit employment in Massachusetts grew every year except in 2011, when the total number of nonprofit jobs dipped by 1,000 positions from 2012, before adding nearly 6,000 in 2012.

During the same period, total non-farm employment in Massachusetts remained virtually unchanged, posting 3,289,900 jobs in 2007 and 3,289,400 in 2012.

According to Rick Clayton, chief of the division of administrative statistics and labor turnover at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, education and healthcare employment continued to grow while others fell back during the recession, according to a report in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Nationally, employment at 501(c)(3) organizations grew 8.5% from 2007 to 2012 while the total number of jobs nationally fell 2.7%.

Here’s how the numbers look, year by year:

Measure
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Mass. Nonprofits
8,421
8,617
8,774
9,035
9,334
9,441
Mass. Nonprofit Jobs
473,772
485,750
490,537
496,751
495,725
501,595
Mass. Non-farm Jobs
3,289,900
3,318,700
3,244,000
3,203,300
3,236,100
3,289,400


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