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The Economic Contribution of Forestry and Forest Products - Attala County

Publication Number: M1662
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Forestry and forest products are important to Attala 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 Attala County, Mississippi.


Forest-related economic activity in Attala County during 2013 generated 580 jobs and over $32 million in income. That’s about 7.8% of jobs and 12.4% 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 nearly $78 million, or about 8.3% of economic output, in Attala County. Forest-related value added amounted to over $39 million, or about 9.6% 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 $7.8 million in tax revenue for federal, state, and local governments. This total includes tax revenue of $4.8 million for federal and $3 million for state and local governments.

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