Texas forest sector: $30B to economy, supports 130,600 jobsTexas forest sector: $30B to economy, supports 130,600 jobshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=28782014-10-06T11:02:00Z2014-10-06T09:00:00Z

TEXAS -  Texas A&M Forest Service has completed a new study (August 2014) of the economic contribution provided by forestry-driven, wood-based industries in Texas. The report analyzes data collected from 2012, the most current available and released August 2014.

The Texas forest sector has an economic contribution of $30.3 billion in industry output, supports over 130,600 jobs and is one of the top ten manufacturing sectors in the state.

“With the economy improving and the housing market getting better and better, we should continue to see the forest industry’s economic contribution to Texas increase,” said Dr. Omkar Joshi, Forest Economist with the Texas A&M Forest Service.

In 2012, the 43-county region of East Texas produced $5.7 billion worth of goods and services, directly supporting more than 18,900 jobs.

This region is home to over 80 percent of Texas’ timberland, and is the main producer of primary forest products such as lumber, structural panels, paper and pulp.

Manufacturing of secondary forest products like windows, doors and engineered wood products that use wood along with other materials, contributed over two-thirds of the Texas forest sector’s total industry output and employed 72 percent of the forest sector workforce.

Texas forest products firms exported more than $1.8 billion worth of forest products to foreign countries in 2012. East Texas was the largest contributor to exports accounting for about 42 percent of the total value of Texas forest products foreign exports.

See the full report here.

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