The State of the Logging Workforce in the Southern United States
There is a need to understand the current state of the logging industry. Many U.S. woods sector full-time jobs have been lost in recent years. When the forest products industry rebounds from the current market slump, will the logging workforce be ready and able to respond? This paper utilizes publicly available data to examine variables important to understanding the current trends in woods sector employment. Southern US data is also examined to address where loggers live and work, their wages, and the potential impact of population growth and land use on the industry.