Resources and Dashboards from the Nonprofit Employment Data Project

In addition to published reports, the Johns Hopkins University – Nonprofit Employment Data (JHU-NED) Project included two major initiatives that the George Mason University – Nonprofit Employment Data (GMU-NED) Project will continue to develop:

 NONPROFIT WORKS. Nonprofit Works is a free interactive database application that provides user-guided access to U.S. nonprofit employment, establishment, and wage data on the national, state, county, MSA, and industry levels. Users can also choose to put these data into context by comparing nonprofits to their for-profit and government counterparts operating in the same fields or to the five largest for-profit industries. Data are currently available at the state and county level for the years 1990-2017. National data are available beginning in 2007, and MSA data are available for 2013-2017. Click here to explore Nonprofit Works. 

COVID-19 PANDEMIC IMPACT REPORTS. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, it became clear that, as was the case with all sectors of the economy, nonprofits faced serious employment impacts. The precise scale of these losses was not apparent, however, because the BLS does not break out nonprofits from other private employers in its monthly employment reports. In an attempt to provide a baseline against which to measure the response of the sector once updated data become available and to surface areas of concern, JHU-NED staff developed estimates of job losses based on the latest available Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on nonprofit employment by field, which cover 2017. They then applied the reported nonprofit shares of total private employment by field as of that date to the monthly changes in private employment as reported in the monthly BLS Employment Situation Reports. The initial estimates, covering the first 3 months of the pandemic (i.e., March, April, and May 2020), were published in the JHU-NED Project’s final National Report (available here), with an additional 17 monthly updates covering September 2020 through December 2021, which are available here

The dashboard below provides a quick view of the history of the nonprofit employment recovery process through December 2022.

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