A new study finds nonprofits in Maryland still growing faster than the commercial or public sectors in the state, the Baltimore Sun reported May 29.
Nonprofit employment grew 3.7 percent in 1999 compared to 1998, outpacing business and government, says the study prepared for the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations by the Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Nonprofits in Maryland employ a bigger share of people, 8.5 percent, than the national average of 7.2 percent, and provide more jobs than manufacturing, construction or wholesale trade.
In Baltimore, nonprofits account for nearly half of all new net job growth
Despite strong growth in the city, 51 percent of nonprofit jobs in the state are located in the suburbs of Baltimore and Washington.
“I continue to be surprised at the scale of the sector,” Lester M. Salamon, the center’s director, told the Sun.
Employment among nonprofits, which outperformed job growth in business and government even in the face of a strong economy, is likely to remain strong in the weakening economy because nonprofits traditionally thrive in hard times, he said.
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