Some 12.5 percent of Pierce County’s total wages come from the nonprofit sector, according to an analysis by a state association for nonprofit organizations.
Washington Nonprofits, in a news release Monday, said the nonprofit sector is the fourth largest private sector employer in the state. The group worked with the state Employment Security Department’s Labor Market and Performance Analysis Division to produce a report describing the direct economic impact of nonprofits in Washington state.
The analysis used data from the ESD’s 2013 Census of Jobs and Wages, the most recent information available.
“Washington’s nonprofits make a strong contribution to our state’s job market,” ESD Commissioner Dale Peinecke said in the release. “We encourage both nonprofit employers and workers seeking jobs in the nonprofit sector to visit a WorkSource location in their community to connect.”
According to the report, nonprofits generated 218,500 jobs in 2013, approximately 7.4 percent of the all wage and salary positions in the state, the news release said.
Nonprofits paid out more than $11 billion in wages in 2013 in Washington state, equal to 7.1 percent of the total wages paid, the release said.
Six counties had nonprofit sectors that paid more than 10 percent of total wages in 2013, including:
• 15.1 percent in Asotin County;
• 11.1 percent in Clallam County;
• 12.2 percent in Pacific County;
• 12.5 percent in Pierce County;
• 11.3 percent in Stevens County; and
• 16.5 percent in Walla Walla.