Employment change in membership organizations
November 18, 2003
The nonprofit business of promoting group affiliation and goals created about 363,000 new jobs between 1979 and 1999. Employment in membership organizations increased from about 698,000 in 1979 to about 1,061,000 in 1999.
As the chart shows, however, the range of job growth varied widely among types of membership organizations. Religious organizations and professional organizations had the fastest employment growth. By 1999, employment in religious organizations had increased 177 percent—to more than 2 1/2 times its 1979 level. Job growth in professional organizations nearly doubled, with an increase of 93 percent.
For additional information, see "Employment change in membership organizations, 1979-99,"Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Summer 2001.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment change in membership organizations on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/june/wk2/art02.htm (visited April 28, 2017).
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