COVID-19 Jobs Update, July 2021
By Chelsea Newhouse | August 18, 2021

In the Center for Civil Society Studies’ continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through July 2021, as reflected in the July BLS Employment Situation Report. July’s BLS data showed a robust gain of 700,000, private non-farm jobs nationwide during the month. While over 60% of those total jobs accrued to accommodation and food service businesses, all fields in which nonprofits operate saw gains during the month as well. What is more, a revision of June’s data included in the July report resulted in sizable retroactive gains for June in two important nonprofit fields—education and religious, grantmaking, civic, professional associations.

Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment during July 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of July 2021 compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels.

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