Indiana Nonprofit Employment Update

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Buoyed by gains in the health services and education sectors, employment and wages paid by Indiana nonprofit organizations increased steadily in recent years, according to a new report by Indiana University researchers.

The gains came at a time when jobs were decreasing in other sectors of the state’s economy. And while nonprofit employees continued to earn less than their peers in the government and for-profit sectors, the wage gap was cut in half between 2005 and 2009, the period covered by the report.

“Nonprofit organizations continue to make significant contributions to the quality of life for Indiana citizens by offering healthcare, education, job training, access to arts and culture and opportunities for democratic participation,” the authors write. “They are also a major force in the state’s economy and in the economic health of all the state’s regions.”

Indiana nonprofits in 2009 employees:

  • 54% worked in health care
  • 13 % worked in education
  • 11% in membership associations
  • 11 % in social assistance
  • 3% in the arts

The report, the fourth in a series on nonprofit employment, focuses mainly on 2009 employment figures with some comparisons to 2005 and 2007.

Continue reading the key findings of the summary .

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