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New statistics on employment and occupational injuries in forestry

Nyhet | Statistik - 16 December 2021

The number of people employed in forestry was almost unchanged between 2019 and 2020. Similarly, reported occupational accidents were also at the same level between the two years.

The new statistics include estimations on employed persons, employees and number of people within different income classes. The estimations are adapted from data from surveys conducted by Statistics Sweden. Similar adaptations have been done with the Swedish Work Environment Authority’s statistics on occupational injuries.

Unchanged employment during 2020

Approximately 28 300 persons were employed in forestry in 2020, which is about the same as in 2019. The number of employed persons has varied since 2009 and was the lowest during 2016 with 27 200 persons and highest during 2018 with 30 600 employed persons.

In 2020, 11 percent of employed persons in forestry were women. That share was the highest in 2017, at 15 percent, but has since decreased.

Almost 49 000 with income from forestry

The most recent statistics on the number of people who have an income from forestry are from 2019, when approximately 48 700 people had an income from forestry. The estimations includes both income in the form of wage and income as a sole proprietor.

Traditional employment statistics are usually delimited to the ages 15 to 74 or to specific time periods during the year. Forestry as an activity is characterized by seasonal work patterns, non-annual income and landowners with a high average age. For example, there were 6 000 persons with an income that were above the age of 74 during 2019. There has been a steady increase of people with income from forestry in this age group since 2009 when there were 2 100 persons with income above 74.

110 reported occupational accidents in 2020

The new statistics on occupational injuries in forestry show that reported occupational accidents are unchanged since 2018. There has been a steady level of about 100 reported accidents per year since 2008, which is the starting point of the new data. The two most common causes of the accidents are loss of control of machinery/equipment, followed by fall accidents. Since 2008 a total of 49 accidents have been fatal in forestry.


The term forestry is based on the Swedish Standard Industrial Classification (SNI2007) which is in term based on the classifications system used by the European Union NACE Rev 2.

Statistics Sweden’s Labour Force Survey is the source of number of employed persons in 02 Forestry. An employed person in the statistics is either an employee or is self-employed or a family worker. The survey is delimited to people between ages 15 and 74.

The number of people with income is based on gross income that has been registered in income tax statements and reports from the employer. Both income in terms of wage and income as a sole proprietor (self-employed person) are included. No negative incomes (losses in businesses) are calculated and only Swedish residents are included. The statistics are based on several of Statistics Sweden’s registries on work, employment and income.

An occupational accident is a sudden incident, physical or psychological damage that has occurred at the workplace or other place where the injured person has been while performing work duties. Only accidents that have led to absence from work are included in the statistics. The Swedish Work Environment Authority is the responsible authority for these statistics.


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