Thank you, National Council of Nonprofits for sharing this national update:
Recent jobs reports signal the economic recovery remains vibrant, adding jobs in the hundreds of thousands every month, but a critical assessment notes that it’s a difficult matter of knowing “where the jobs are and what they are paying.” For charitable nonprofits, the challenge of identifying and quantifying job vacancies is complicated by the longstanding problem that the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not break down and report jobs in the nonprofit sector.
While the BLS reported job growth of 315,000 for August, there is no official way for nonprofits, policymakers, and the public to know whether critical vacancies in jobs serving immediate human needs are going unfilled. Legislation pending in Congress, the Nonprofit Sector Strength and Partnership Act (H.R. 7587), would correct this problem by mandating that the BLS provide better and more regular data about nonprofit employment.
P.S. Check out Common Good Vermont’s interactive Nonprofit Economic Impact Report to learn more about our nonprofit sector and employment in Vermont!