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Economic Contribution 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 2018 was $33.6 billion, supporting about 150,400 full- and part-time jobs with a payroll of $8.3 billion. In 2018, the forest sector directly contributed $20.8 billion in industry output, just about 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 2018…

  • directly contributed $20.8 billion in industry output and employed about 75,000 people with a payroll of $4.2 billion;
  • directly generated $1.1 billion in local, state and federal taxes;
  • contributed $13.2 billion to gross state product;
  • had a total contribution, which included direct, indirect, and induced effects, of $33.6 billion in industry output to the North Carolina economy, supporting over 150,400 full- and part-time jobs with a payroll of $8.3 billion;
  • generated 1.01 jobs in North Carolina for every job created in the forest sector;
  • contributed an additional 61 cents on average to the rest of the North Carolina economy for every dollar generated in the forest sector; and
  • had $1.44 billion in international exports.

For a more complete comparison between North Carolina’s Forest Sectors in 2013 and 2018 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
Alexander 2012 2014 2016 2018
Alleghany 2012 2014 2016 2018
Anson 2012 2014 2016 2018
Ashe 2012 2014 2016 2018
Avery 2012 2014 2016 2018
Beaufort 2012 2014 2016 2018
Bertie 2012 2014 2016 2018
Bladen 2012 2014 2016 2018
Brunswick 2012 2014 2016 2018
Buncombe 2012 2014 2016 2018
Burke 2012 2014 2016 2018
Cabarrus 2012 2014 2016 2018
Caldwell 2012 2014 2016 2018
Camden 2012 2014 2016 2018
Carteret 2012 2014 2016 2018
Caswell 2012 2014 2016 2018
Catawba 2012 2014 2016 2018
Chatham 2012 2014 2016 2018
Cherokee 2012 2014 2016 2018
Chowan 2012 2014 2016 2018
Clay 2012 2014 2016 2018
Cleveland 2012 2014 2016 2018
Columbus 2012 2014 2016 2018
Craven 2012 2014 2016 2018
Cumberland 2012 2014 2016 2018
Currituck 2012 2014 2016 2018
Dare 2012 2014 2016 2018
Davidson 2012 2014 2016 2018
Davie 2012 2014 2016 2018
Duplin 2012 2014 2016 2018
Durham 2012 2014 2016 2018
Edgecombe 2012 2014 2016 2018
Forsyth 2012 2014 2016 2018
Franklin 2012 2014 2016 2018
Gaston 2012 2014 2016 2018
Gates 2012 2014 2016 2018
Graham 2012 2014 2016 2018
Granville 2012 2014 2016 2018
Greene 2012 2014 2016 2018
Guilford 2012 2014 2016 2018
Halifax 2012 2014 2016 2018
Harnett 2012 2014 2016 2018
Haywood 2012 2014 2016 2018
Henderson 2012 2014 2016 2018
Hertford 2012 2014 2016 2018
Hoke 2012 2014 2016 2018
Hyde 2012 2014 2016 2018
Iredell 2012 2014 2016 2018
Jackson 2012 2014 2016 2018
Johnston 2012 2014 2016 2018
Jones 2012 2014 2016 2018
Lee 2012 2014 2016 2018
Lenoir 2012 2014 2016 2018
Lincoln 2012 2014 2016 2018
Macon 2012 2014 2016 2018
Madison 2012 2014 2016 2018
Martin 2012 2014 2016 2018
McDowell 2012 2014 2016 2018
Mecklenburg 2012 2014 2016 2018
Mitchell 2012 2014 2016 2018
Montgomery 2012 2014 2016 2018
Moore 2012 2014 2016 2018
Nash 2012 2014 2016 2018
New Hanover 2012 2014 2016 2018
Northampton 2012 2014 2016 2018
Onslow 2012 2014 2016 2018
Orange 2012 2014 2016 2018
Pamlico 2012 2014 2016 2018
Pasquotank 2012 2014 2016 2018
Pender 2012 2014 2016 2018
Perquimans 2012 2014 2016 2018
Person 2012 2014 2016 2018
Pitt 2012 2014 2016 2018
Polk 2012 2014 2016 2018
Randolph 2012 2014 2016 2018
Richmond 2012 2014 2016 2018
Robeson 2012 2014 2016 2018
Rockingham 2012 2014 2016 2018
Rowan 2012 2014 2016 2018
Rutherford 2012 2014 2016 2018
Sampson 2012 2014 2016 2018
Scotland 2012 2014 2016 2018
Stanly 2012 2014 2016 2018
Stokes 2012 2014 2016 2018
Surry 2012 2014 2016 2018
Swain 2012 2014 2016 2018
Transylvania 2012 2014 2016 2018
Tyrell 2012 2014 2016 2018
Union 2012 2014 2016 2018
Vance 2012 2014 2016 2018
Wake 2012 2014 2016 2018
Warren 2012 2014 2016 2018
Washington 2012 2014 2016 2018
Watauga 2012 2014 2016 2018
Wayne 2012 2014 2016 2018
Wilkes 2012 2014 2016 2018
Wilson 2012 2014 2016 2018
Yadkin 2012 2014 2016 2018
Yancey 2012 2014 2016 2018