Media outlets around the country picked up the story, and some of them turned the BLS numbers into helpful graphics, such as those in this article in U.S. News & World Report. The article goes beyond the most recent BLS report to show that volunteering peaked in the early 2000s. It dropped significantly in 2006 and has never recovered. In 2013 it was lower than in any year since the BLS began issuing these reports in 2002.
A few notable findings about 2013:
- People who were employed volunteered at a higher rate than those unemployed.
- Part-time workers volunteered at the highest rate of all.
- Women volunteered more than men.
- People aged mid-30s to mid-50s volunteered more than those in other age groups.
- People with more education were more likely to volunteer.
BLS did not speculate on the cause of the drop in 2013. Would anybody out there like to offer a theory?