February 23, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Volunteer rate rises in 2011

Number of volunteers and volunteer rates, September 2007–September 2011
         Year ending           Total
(percent of population)
Men
(percent of population)
Women
(percent of population)
Total number of volunteers

September 2007

26.2 22.9 29.3 60,838,000

September 2008

26.4 23.2 29.4 61,803,000

September 2009

26.8 23.3 30.1 63,361,000

September 2010

26.3 23.2 29.3 62,790,000

September 2011

26.8 23.5 29.9 64,252,000

These data are featured in the TED article, Volunteer rate rises in 2011.

 

Volunteeer rates by selected characteristics, year ending September 2011
Characteristics Percent of population

Employment status

 

  Employed (part time)

33.3

  Employed (full time)

28.7

  Not in labor force

23.8

  Unemployed

22.5

Educational attainment

 

  Less than a high school diploma

9.8

  High school graduates, no college

18.2

  Some college or associate degree

29.5

  Bachelor's degree and higher

42.4

Marital status

 

  Single, never married

20.9

  Married, spouse present

32.3

  Divorced, separated and widowed

21.5

Age

 

  16 to 24 years

22.5

  25 to 34 years

23.3

  35 to 44 years

31.8

  45 to 54 years

30.6

  55 to 64 years

28.1

  65 years and over

24.0

Race and Hispanic or latino ethnicity

 

  White

28.2

  Black or African American

20.3

  Asian

20.0

  Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

14.9

These data are featured in the TED article, Volunteer rate rises in 2011.

 

 

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