Workforce in forestry and the forest industry
The importance of forestry and the forest industry as a source of
employment continues to be an important factor in maintaining
the vitality of rural areas and regional economies, although the
number of jobs provided by the forest sector has diminished in
the past few decades.
Forestry and the forest industry employ about 3% of all employed
people in Finland, or 69,000 persons, three fourths of
whom work for the forest industry. Forestry provides jobs for
about 22,000 people, in addition to which a considerable part
of silvicultural work in particular is done by private forest owners
and their families. The forest sector continues to be maledominated,
women accounting for only about 20% of all employees.