2017 Economic Contribution of the Forest Sector in North Carolina
In 2017, the forest sector in North Carolina—including forestry and logging operations, sawmills, furniture mills, and pulp and paper industries—directly contributed $20 billion in industry output, just over 2% of the state-wide economic output. The forest sector employed over 71,600 people with a payroll of $4 billion and a value added (gross state product) of $5.6 billion.
Including direct, indirect, and induced effects, the forest sector in North Carolina had a total contribution of $32.8billion in industry output to the North Carolina economy, supporting over 150,000 full- and part-time jobs with a payroll of $8.2 billion.
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