A Few Fast Facts on... Plastics and the Economy

  • The plastics industry the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States, providing significantly to the nation's economy.
  • The U.S. plastics industry employs nearly 900 thousand workers.
  • The U.S. plastics industry creates more than $380 billion in annual shipments.
  • There are nearly 18,500 plastics facilities in the United States.
  • The U.S. plastics industry had a $16.2-billion trade surplus in 2010.
  • The plastics industry has a presence in every state.
  • From 1980 to 2010, U.S. plastics industry shipments have grown at a 2.4 percent annual rate.
  • From 1980 to 2010, productivity in plastics manufacturing has grown 2.3 percent per year, which is better than the 1.9 percent per year productivity growth for manufacturing as a whole.

The above information came from SPI's Statsitical Reports on the U.S. plastics industry, which also include individual state data

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