Economic contribution of the forest-based industries in Georgia
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This study estimated the economic contribution of the forest-based industries in Georgia using IMPLAN model and its 2012 database. This research looked at IMPLAN database as possible alternative to the ES202 data and also did a regional economic contribution analysis of forest-based industries for five FIA survey regions. Results showed that the forest product industries contributed 2.2% of the total employment, 2.4% of the total labor income, 2.4% of the total value added and 3.2% of the total output of the state. IMPLAN database was simpler, easier and more popular alternative to using ES202 data for estimating the economic contribution of forest sector. North Central Georgia had the highest economic contribution from the forest-based industries and North Georgia had the lowest contribution. Similarly, Southwest and Southeast region had the highest dependency on the forest-based industries and North Central region had the lowest dependency.