2022 Size and Impact: Specialized Datasets

This report provides an overview of the U.S. plastics industry, answering important questions regarding its size, growth, location, and impact on the economy. In 2021, the industry accounted for nearly a million jobs and $468 billion in shipments. Ohio had the highest plastics industry employment, while Indiana had the highest concentration of plastics industry workers. The industry’s growth outpaced manufacturing as a whole, and its value-added and productivity fared better. The report also discusses upstream and downstream impacts, as well as forecasts for the industry’s future.

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