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January 26, 2010; The Bureau of Labor Statistics | The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the 2009 Current Population Survey Volunteer Supplement results this week. According to the Corporation for National and Public Service, the findings indicate an increase in the national volunteer rate from 26.4 percent in 2008 to 26.8 percent in 2009, a 1.5 million increase in the number of volunteers. In light of the administration’s emphasis on service, we are not sure whether this is to be considered good or not so good news.

Says the news release from Kevin Kramer and Bob Grimm, “A few demographic groups that showed statistically significant rate increases include people who are employed, women who are employed full-time, African American women, and unemployed men. A higher percentage of volunteers served in the area of social or community service in 2009 than in 2008 (13.9% compared to 13.5%) and a lower percentage volunteered through or with a religious organizations in 2009 than in 2008 (34.0% compared to 35.1%).

Meanwhile while we are on the subject of the CNCS, Patrick Corvington is still unconfirmed as CEO of the Corporation of National and Community Service, leaving that institution leaderless now for the whole first year of the Obama Administration. David Eisner, the previous CEO resigned in November 2008.—Ruth McCambridge