Analysis: Nonprofit employment grew while for-profits cut jobs

September 02, 2010|By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

Looking for a job? Try a nonprofit.

A Johns Hopkins University analysis of employment in 21 states found that nonprofit employment grew 2.5 percent a year on average between the second quarters of 2007 and 2009, while the number of jobs at for-profit employers fell 3.3 percent a year.

Maryland followed that trend, though annual employment growth among nonprofits in the state was more modest — 2.3 percent — and the drop in for-profit employment was a less severe 2.9 percent a year.

The analysis, by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, also found that nonprofits in the 21 states added more jobs per year during that recessionary 2007-2009 stretch than either nonprofits or for-profits did from 2001 to 2007.

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