This subsector includes sawmills and wood preservation services; plywood, hardwood and truss manufacturers; and manufacturers of windows, doors, flooring, wood containers and mobile homes.
One method to measure a subsector’s regional strength is the location quotient (LQ), a ratio of the subsector’s share of employment in a region to its share of employment in the U.S. as a whole; the higher the LQ value, the more "concentrated” the industry. LQ values often are used to identify regional strengths and inform economic development and investment decisions.
Texas’ statewide 0.71 LQ in wood product manufacturing indicates that the subsector and its industries are not highly competitive.
|Description||Direct Jobs 2016||Average Texas Salaries 2016||Location Quotient 2016|
|Sawmills and Wood Preservation||3,527||$44,021||0.47|
|Veneer, Plywood and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing||4,815||$49,106||0.76|
|Other Wood Product Manufacturing||14,696||$37,658||0.79|
A regional assessment of employment concentration is useful, as the size of Texas’ economy and workforce can obscure regional industry strengths. The wood product manufacturing subsector is highly concentrated in the Southeast and Upper East Texas regions and has an above-average employment concentration in Central Texas.
Sources: Emsi, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Texas subsector jobs rose 18 percent from 2010 to 2016, compared to 14 percent in the U.S. Texas’ Alamo region experienced the largest percent growth of 54 percent; the Metroplex region added the most total jobs.
|Region||Job Change||2010 to 2016
Manufacturing continues to drive output and productivity in the Texas economy, creating jobs paying well above the statewide average. It also contributes significantly to job creation in other industries, particularly in design operations and services.
Wood product subsector employment rose by 18 percent in Texas from 2010 through 2016, buoyed by demand from residential construction and housing starts. The subsector will continue to face competition from imports and from material substitutes such as rubber, plastics and steel.
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