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The Surprising Impact on Nonprofits

Central Oregon Employment Growth directly correlates with membership business and organizations


By: Alexandra Morgan // Bend Chamber Marketing Intern & OSU- Cascades senior.

Data analytics and graph courtesy of State of Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce Analysist, Kale DonnellyOregon’s Membership Associations and Organizations, Central Oregon Economic Indicators. For more info, State of Oregon Employment Department


The relationship between the growth of membership associations and organizations is closely linked with the total nonfarm employment.

As 2018 comes to an end, Deschutes and Crook county unemployment rates have continued to decrease. As employment growth rates continue increasing, there is also a surprise growth in nonprofit organization nonfarm employment. This shows a direct correlation between local nonprofits organizations, associations and employment growth.  Of the surrounding counties, Deschutes County currently holds the lowest unemployment rates at 4.1 percent, with Jefferson and Crook following with 5.4 percent and 5.8 percent.  Slowly but surely, the nonfarm employment rates have increased in Bend and some of the neighboring counties, meaning an increase in the number of jobs. When looking at the total nonfarm employment numbers, there is one subsector, under “Other services”, that is of particular interest in Central Oregon.

Some of the differences in the demographics include, more women, a higher percentage of individuals with an associate’s degree or a higher education, and a substantially older workforce than the rest of the nonfarm totals.

Playing a role in the ups and downs of Oregon’s total nonfarm employment is the subsector of small organizations and membership associations. With this subsector making up only a small part of the total nonfarm employment for Oregon, approximately 30,000 jobs, it makes up just under 2 % of the nonfarm total. Although it’s a relatively small number in relation to the rest of the nonfarm totals, there is an interesting correlation in the subsector of membership associations and organizations. This correlation shows that when unemployment rates decrease, the membership associations and organizations sector increases in growth.

 

The relationship between the growth of membership associations and organizations is closely linked with the total nonfarm employment. This goes to show the significance of the wide range of organizations that Oregon citizens are subjected to and involved in. The correlation of when growth rates increase and unemployment decreases, these membership driven organizations put more back into their communities.

 

The subsector for membership associations and organizations covers a broad range of associations and includes, labor unions, religious organizations, civic and social organizations, social advocacy organizations and granting services. The membership for these associations and organizations allows for the funding of charitable donations to help their local communities and helps exemplify the businesses within it. The local businesses do not hesitate to give back to the local nonprofits that help strengthen the community. This results in the spread of nonprofit organizations and the involvement of community members.

 

The “Graph of the Month” shows how closely employment and nonfarm totals in membership organizations are related. The dips and peaks in the graph are due to numerous industries being developed and the creation of jobs. When new industries are developed, employers take full advantage of the new market and create more jobs.

 

Interestingly enough, there were noticeable demographic variances in the membership associations and organizations subsector compared to the rest of the nonfarm employment. Some of the differences in the demographics include, more women, a higher percentage of individuals with an associate’s degree or a higher education, and a substantially older workforce than the rest of the nonfarm totals. Although the total employment for this subsector may seem insignificant, it affects the lives of many people all across the state and every community.

 

 

 

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