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Forestry plays a key role in the economy of North Carolina. North Carolina has over 18 million acres of timberland, which supports a robust forest sector in North Carolina — including forestry and logging operations, sawmills, furniture mills, and pulp and paper industries. The forest sector is a major contributor to North Carolina’s economic well being, supporting communities across all 100 counties in North Carolina. The following table provides an overview of the economic contributions the forest sector has made to North Carolina’s economy in 2013, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Category Year
Direct Contributions 2013 2018 2019 2020
Employment (Thousand) 70.3 75.0 73.6 70.2
Payroll (Billion $) 3.8 4.2 4.3 4.3
Gross State Product (Billion $) 4.9 6.3 6.3 6.0
Industry Output (Billion $) 18.5 20.8 21.6 20.6
Total Contributions
Employment (Thousand) 144.8 150.4 148.0 138.1
Payroll (Billion $) 7.4 8.3 8.4 8.3
Gross State Product (Billion $) 10.9 13.1 13.5 12.7
Industry Output (Billion $) 29.4 33.6 34.9 32.8

For a more complete comparison between North Carolina’s Forest Sectors in 2013, 2018, 2019 and 2020 read the following publications

To learn more about the North Carolina’s forest sector economic contributions by congressional district read the publication Economic Contribution of the Forest Sector by North Carolina Congressional District, or for a specific county and year select from the list below.

Forestry Contributions by County in North Carolina

North Carolina Counties Year
Alamance 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Alexander 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Alleghany 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Anson 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Ashe 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Avery 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Beaufort 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Bertie 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Bladen 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Brunswick 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Buncombe 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Burke 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Cabarrus 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Caldwell 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Camden 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Carteret 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Caswell 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Catawba 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Chatham 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Cherokee 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Chowan 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Clay 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Cleveland 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Columbus 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Craven 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Cumberland 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Currituck 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Dare 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Davidson 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Davie 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Duplin 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Durham 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Edgecombe 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Forsyth 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Franklin 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Gaston 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Gates 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Graham 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Granville 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Greene 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Guilford 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Halifax 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Harnett 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Haywood 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Henderson 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Hertford 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Hoke 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Hyde 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Iredell 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Jackson 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Johnston 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Jones 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Lee 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Lenoir 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Lincoln 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Macon 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Madison 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Martin 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
McDowell 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Mecklenburg 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Mitchell 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Montgomery 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Moore 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Nash 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
New Hanover 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Northampton 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Onslow 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Orange 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Pamlico 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Pasquotank 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Pender 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Perquimans 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Person 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Pitt 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Polk 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Randolph 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Richmond 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Robeson 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Rockingham 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Rowan 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Rutherford 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Sampson 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Scotland 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Stanly 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Stokes 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Surry 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Swain 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Transylvania 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Tyrell 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Union 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Vance 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Wake 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Warren 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Washington 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Watauga 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Wayne 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Wilkes 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Wilson 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Yadkin 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Yancey 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020

Written By

Robert Bardon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Robert BardonAssociate Dean of Extension, Department Extension Leader & Professor Call Dr. Robert Email Dr. Robert Forestry & Environmental Resources
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