The timber industry has begun a triumphant recovery in many parts of the United States, with some firms reporting profits than in recent quarters.
In California, the sector has been making progress in recent years, translating into higher employment levels. According to estimates from RISI International Wood Markets Group, during 2011 lumber shipments totaled 45 billion feet, higher than the 40 billion total during 2009, The Wall Street Journal reports. As a result, logging companies such as Sierra Resource Management have been able to steadily add workers to meet demand. Since 2009, the company has been able to expand staff by 20 percent and hours by 50 percent.
The head of the company said that he was encouraged by the steady rise in employment.
"There are more jobs, and the jobs are paying a little more [than two years ago]," said Mike Albrecht, owner of Sierra Resource, in a interview with the newspaper.
Workers in the state could certainly use the opportunities. At 10.8 percent, California has one of the highest unemployment rates in the United States.
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