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Economic Impact Data

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The forest sector in North Carolina— including forestry and logging operations, sawmills, furniture mills, and pulp and paper industries— is a major contributor to North Carolina’s economic well being. The total economic contribution in industry output to the state’s economy in 2017 was $32.8 billion, supporting about 150,000 full- and part-time jobs with a payroll of $8.2 billion. In 2017, the forest sector directly contributed $20 billion in industry output, just over 2% of the state-wide economic output. So how has this changed over the years? For the North Carolina’s Forest Sector…

in 2013…

  • directly contributed $18.5 billion in output and employed 70,300 people, with a payroll of $3.8 billion;
  • directly generated $912 million in local, state, and federal taxes;
  • contributed $10.9 billion to gross state product;
  • had a total contribution, which included direct, indirect, and induced effects, of $29.4 billion in industry output to the North Carolina economy, supporting over 145,000 full- and part-time jobs with a payroll of $7.36 billion;
  • generated 1.06 jobs in North Carolina for every job created in the forest sector;
  • contributed an additional 59 cents on average to the rest of the North Carolina economy for every dollar generated in the forest sector; and
  • had $1.47 billion in international exports.

in 2017…

  • directly contributed $20 billion in industry output and employed over 71,600 people with a payroll of $4 billion;
  • directly generated $1.1 billion in local, state and federal taxes;
  • contributed $12.7 billion to gross state product;
  • had a total contribution, which included direct, indirect, and induced effects, of $32.8 billion in industry output to the North Carolina economy, supporting over 150,000 full- and part-time jobs with a payroll of $8.2 billion;
  • generated 1.11 jobs in North Carolina for every job created in the forest sector;
  • contributed an additional 64 cents on average to the rest of the North Carolina economy for every dollar generated in the forest sector; and
  • had $1.78 billion in international exports.

For a more complete comparison between North Carolina’s Forest Sectors in 2013 and 2017 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.

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