Economic Statistics

SPI's statistical reports on the U.S. plastics industry include:

Size and Impact of the Plastics Industry on the U.S. Economy

Global Business Trends: A Detailed Survey of Plastic Trade Flows

Plastics' Contributions to the U.S. Economy

Plastics play an indispensable role in a wide variety of markets, ranging from packaging and building/construction to transportation, consumer and institutional products, furniture and furnishings, electronics and more.

A Few Facts on the Plastics Industry

  • The plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States
  • The U.S. plastics industry employs more than 885 thousand
  • The U.S. plastics industry creates more than $380 billion in annual shipments
  • When suppliers to the plastics industry are considered, there are 1.4 million workers and total shipments grow to $465 billion
  • There are more than 16,200 plastics facilities in the United States
  • The U.S. plastics industry had a $16.3 billion trade surplus in 2011
  • The plastics industry has a presence in every state
  • From1980 to 2011, U.S. plastics industry shipments have grown at a 0.1 percent annual rate
  • From 1980 to 2011, productivity in plastics manufacturing has grown 2.4 percent per year, which is better than the 1.7 percent per year productivity growth for manufacturing as a whole

Plastics Industry Facts & Figures | State Fact Sheets

Recycle Plastics 365 - Pursuing Zero Waste

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