Nevada has nation’s smallest share of nonprofit employment

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

In 2017, 2.8 percent of Nevadans were employed in the nonprofit sector, the lowest percentage in the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In its TED: The Economics Daily newsletter Friday, the BLS reported the highest share of nonprofit employment was in the District of Columbia.

Advocacy organizations, think tanks, trade associations and other groups attracted to the nation’s capital result in one of every four employees working in the nonprofit sector in D.C.

Just a little over ten percent of workers nationally are employed by nonprofits.

Above Nevada’s 2.8 percent share at the bottom of the list were Alabama and Texas, each at 5.1 percent.

The relatively few Nevadans who worked in nonprofits in 2017 earned $962 a week on average, compared to $907 weekly in Nevada private employment as a whole. Nationally, the average nonprofit weekly wage was $1,032, and the U.S. total average weekly wage for private employment was $1,064.

Out of more than 1.17 million workers in private employment in Nevada in 2017, 32,300 were employed by nonprofits.

Nevada’s nonprofit employment grew by five positions in 2018, when the Nevada Current was launched.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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