Employment in
Washington & Oregon,
1985-1996

Employment in the US Wood & Paper Industries, 1997-2000

compiled by George Draffan
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WOOD PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING*

PAPER MANUFACTURING

 
YEAR

Number of Employees

Value of Shipments
($ billion)

Annual Value Produced Per Employee

Number of Employees

Value of Shipments
($ billion)

Annual Value Produced Per Employee

2000

585,035

$93.8

$160,332

551,560

$166.1

$301,146

1999

588,609

$97.3

$165,305

560,662

$156.9

$279,848

1998

577,900

$91.2

$157,813

572,371

$154.9

$270,629

1997

570,034

$88.5

$155,254

574,274

$150.3

$261,722

Note: Sawmill employment has decreased, but employment increased between 1997 and 2000
in veneer, plywood, engineered wood products, millwork, windows, door manufacturing.

Source: US Census Bureau, Annual Survey of Manufacturing 2000, Feb. 11, 2002, Table 2, pages 11-12,
which breaks each industry down into detailed sectors. See http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/industry.html

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