Volunteering in the U.S.: 2007

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDL 08-0090, January 23, 2008

About 60.8 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2006 and September 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. The proportion of the population who volunteered was 26.2 percent. This 0.5 percentage point decrease in the volunteer rate follows a decline of 2.1 percentage points in the prior year. The volunteer rate had held constant at 28.8 per- cent from 2003 through 2005, after rising slightly from its 2002 level of 27.4 percent.
These data on volunteering were collected through a supplement to the September 2007 Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households that obtains information on employment and unemployment among the nation’s civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and over. Volunteers are defined as persons who did unpaid work (except for expenses) through or for an organization.

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