2017 Economic Contribution of the Forest Sector in North Carolina

— Written By Kristin Wing

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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Contributing Extension Specialists:
Rajan Parajuli
Robert Bardon