NC State Extension

Economic Impact Data

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The forest sector is a major contributor to North Carolina’s economic well being and it continues to grow. In 2016 the forest sector contributed $12.6 billion dollars to our state gross domestic product, up from $10.9 billion dollars in 2013. The total economic contribution in industry output to the state’s economy in 2016 was $32.7 billion, supporting about 150,000 full- and part-time jobs with a payroll of $7.8 billion. For a complete view of North Carolina’s Forest and Forest Product Industries in 2013 read “North Carolina’s Forests and Forest Products Industry by the Numbers, 2013.” For the complete view of the economic contribution of the North Carolina forest sector in 2016 read “Economic Contribution of the Forest Sector in North Carolina, 2016

NC’s Forest Sector…in 2013…

  • produced $18.5 billion in output and employed 70,300 people, with a payroll of $3.8 billion;
  • directly generated $912 million in state, local, and federal tax revenues;
  • led in total output, value added, labor income, and state tax generation with paper manufacturing;
  • led in employment with wood furniture manufacturing;
  • led the South in logs and wood products exports, continuing a decade-long trend;
  • along with timber income, contributed $29.4 billion in output and 144,800 jobs with a payroll of $7.36 billion to North Carolina’s economy;
  • contributed $10.9 billion to gross state product;
  • generated 1,060 jobs throughout the state for every 1,000 forestry and forest products jobs; and
  • contributed an additional $587,000 to the overall North Carolina economy for every $1.0 million generated in forestry and forest products output.

NC’s Forest Sector…in 2016…

  • North Carolina has about 18.1 million acres of timberland, which supports a vibrant forest product industry throughout the state.
  • In 2016, the forest sector in North Carolina had a total economic contribution of $32.7 billion in industry output to the state’s economy, supporting about 150,000 full- and part-time jobs with a payroll of $7.8 billion.
  • The wood-based industry is the top employer among manufacturing sectors in the state.
  • Every job created in the forest sector resulted in another 1.1 jobs in North Carolina.
  • On average, every dollar generated in the forest sector contributed an additional 51 cents to the rest of the North Carolina economy.
  • The forest sector in North Carolina contributed about $894.1 million to state and local taxes and $878.8 million to federal taxes.
  • Forest products firms exported about $1.4 billion worth of forest products to foreign countries.

To learn more about the forest sector’s economic impact for a specific county select from the list below.

Forest Impacts by County in North Carolina

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