Volunteering across the ages
December 30, 2002
Among persons of working age, 35- to 54-year olds were the most likely to volunteer in 2002, with roughly 1 in 3 having donated their time.
Teenagers also had a relatively high volunteer rate, 26.9 percent, perhaps reflecting an emphasis on volunteer activities in schools.
Volunteer rates were lowest among persons in their early twenties (18.2 percent) and among those age 65 years and over (22.7 percent). Volunteers age 65 and over, however, devoted the most time annually—a median of 96 hours—to volunteer activities. Those age 25 to 34 years spent the least time, volunteering a median of 34 hours during the year.
These data are from a supplement to the September 2002 Current Population Survey. Data in this article refer to the period from September 2001 to September 2002. Find out more in "Volunteering in the United States," news release USDL 02-686.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Volunteering across the ages on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/dec/wk5/art01.htm (visited June 24, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.
- A look at pay at the top, the bottom, and in between
The Spotlight examines how earnings and wages have changed over time and how they differ within a geographic area, industry, or occupation.