New York led the nation in nonprofit employment with more than 1.4 million jobs and total wages of just over $78 billion in 2017, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. New York’s nonprofit organizations helped stabilize employment during and after the Great Recession.
Nonprofit entities added more than 175,000 jobs in New York from 2007-2017, a gain of 14 percent. These organizations provided 17.8 percent of New York’s private sector employment in 2017, compared to 10.2 percent nationwide, ranking third behind Vermont and Maine. Nonprofit jobs grew faster than the rest of the private sector in most New York regions in the latter half of this decade.
Health care, the largest nonprofit industry, along with education and social assistance represented more than 81 percent of all nonprofit jobs in New York state in 2017. Other industries with large employment numbers include professional services, arts and entertainment as well as religious, civic and social advocacy organizations.