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The Economic Contribution of Forestry and Forest Products - Choctaw County

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Publication Number: M1667
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Forestry and forest products are important to Choctaw County’s economy. They contribute to many sectors of the economy. The economic contribution of forest-related sectors and their impacts on other sectors can be estimated using input-output analysis. Using 2013 data, this study estimates the total economic contribution of forestry and the forest products industry to Choctaw County, Mississippi.


Forest-related economic activity in Choctaw County during 2013 generated 509 jobs and over $23 million in income. That’s about 15% of jobs and 17% of income in the county. Employment is the number of full- and part-time jobs in all sectors of the economy. Income is salaries and wages paid to employees.


Forestry and the forest products industry generated more than $73 million, or about 8% of economic output, in Choctaw County. Forest-related value added amounted to more than $28 million, or about 5% of all value added in the county. The value of all goods and services produced is defined as total output. Value added is a portion of total output and represents the creation of new wealth.


Forest-related economic activity contributed an estimated $6.5 million in tax revenue for federal, state, and local governments. This total includes tax revenue of $4.5 million for federal and $2 million for state and local governments.

Department: MSU Extension- Choctaw County

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