Size and Impact of the Plastics Industry on the U.S.: 2020

The U.S. plastics industry is thriving, with significant growth and a strong presence in manufacturing. This report presents comprehensive data on the industry’s size, growth rates, geographic concentration, and its impact on the overall economy. The numbers highlight the industry’s magnitude, including over one million jobs and $432.0 billion in shipments in 2019. It compares the plastics industry to other sectors, emphasizes its importance to manufacturing, and provides insights into employment trends, productivity, and the role of upstream industries. The report underscores the industry’s resilience, while acknowledging the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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