Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development report on the timber industry
Friday, March 15, 2019
It is not surprising that almost half of the state’s remaining employment in Forestry and Logging is located in the seven county Northeast Minnesota region, home to most of the state’s forest land. The Forestry and Logging sector is a vital part of the Forest Product Industry which also includes establishments and employment in two other NAICS codes: Wood Product Manufacturing and Paper Manufacturing.
Despite long-term declines, these three sectors still combined for an average of 139 business establishments and 3,078 jobs in 2017 in Northeast Minnesota, accounting for 2.1 percent of total employment in the region.