by Craig This*
United Methodist general agencies felt the impact of the 2008-2009 economic downturn in the United States,
according to audits by the General Commission on Religion and Race and the General Commission on the
Status and Role of Women.
The agencies dropped from 1,751 employees in 2008 to 1,557 in 2009, a loss of 194 jobs (11% of workforce).
Of the 194 job losses, 190 (98%) were laity and 4 (2%) were clergy (Table 1).