VFA Virginia Forests Winter 2023

28 VIRGINIA FORESTS The total employment impact for the industries rose three percent from 478,079 jobs in 2016 to 490,295 jobs in 2021. The total value-added impression of the industries grew ten percent from $50.1 billion in 2016 to $55.1 billion in 2021. “Virginia forests provide a range of economic, social and environmental benefits,” said Virginia State Forester Rob Farrell. “Not only is forestry the third largest contributor to the economy of Virginia, the forestry industry touches every part of the Commonwealth.” In 2021, Virginia’s forestry industries had a total impact of $23.6 billion in total industry output, included 108,451 jobs, and $11.3 billion in value added impact. For a full copy of the study, as well as an Executive Summary, visit www.vdacs.virginia.gov/press-releases221213-economice-impact.shtml.