NC State Extension Publications

Introduction

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 products industry across the state. In 2016, the NC forest sector contributed $32.8 billion, supporting approximately 150,000 jobs with a payroll of $7.8 billion. This publication breaks down how the forest sector contributed to the North Carolina economy in 2016, including employment, labor income, and more for North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts (Figure 1). To learn more about the contribution the forest sector has to North Carolina’s economy visit https://forestry.ces.ncsu.edu/economic-impact-data/.

Map of North Carolina's 13 congressional districts

North Carolina's 13 Congressional Districts

Stephanie Chizmar

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 1

62% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 90% (2.2 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

8,679 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$465.2 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$2,395 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 2

50% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 95% (0.79 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

3125 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$160.2 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$682 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 3

52% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 79% (1.90 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

6,244 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$320.8 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$1,491 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 4

39% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 85% (0.21 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

2,715 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$154.5 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$691 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 5

61% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 95% (1.49 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

12,960 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$643.1 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$2,809 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 6

59% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 95% (1.36 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

16,780 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$784.8 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$3,463 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 7

59% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 92% (1.98 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

6,862 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$374.7 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$1,774 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 8

59% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 83% (1.0 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

7,544 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$351.4 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$1,580 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 9

60% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 91% (1.34 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

6,284 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$311.6 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$1,466 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 10

49% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 90% (0.74 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

22,081 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$1,034.9 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$4,381 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 11

79% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 60% (1.99 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

14,348 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$675.6 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$3,340 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 12

25% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 66% (0.46 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

3,895 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$260.9 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$1,036 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Forestry in North Carolina’s Congressional District 13

43% Forested.

Area of the district that is forested. 96% (0.53 million acres) of the forests are privately owned

10,956 Jobs Supported.

Total employment includes direct, indirect and jobs supported by expenditures

$588.6 Million in income.

Including wages, benefits and proprietor income

$2,559 Million in output.

Total annual value of production of the industry

Footnote

1Economic contribution numbers, based on multi-industry contribution analysis, are reported in 2016 dollars. The method of internal adjustments to the IMPLAN software (IMPLAN 2018) was used. More details about the contribution analysis method can be found at: https://bit.ly/2LajYIL. IMPLAN sectors included: 15, 16, 19 (partial), 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 368, 369, 370, 373, and 374. 2016 IMPLAN data are obtained from IMPLAN (https://implan.com/).

Authors

Associate Dean of Extension
Forestry & Environmental Resources
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Forestry & Environmental Resources
Graduate Student
Forestry & Environmental Resources

Publication date: Aug. 21, 2019

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