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District Fact Sheets:

Employment

Arkansas is home to plastics manufacturers and establishments engaged in plastics processing, marketing, support and captive activities that directly employ 9,180 people. It is also home to a number of plastics dependent industries that use plastics to make products or provide services. Plastics and dependent industries combined employ 372 thousand people in Arkansas.

Plastics Industry Employment

Plastics Dependent Industries and Total Employment

Total Plastics Industry and Dependent Industries: 372,380 employees.

Payroll

The plastics industry’s direct payroll in Arkansas, including captive plastic products, is $406 million. Plastics dependent industries add another $13.8 billion to the state’s payroll.

Although some of the dependent payroll would exist without plastics, there would be less of it, because cost effective replacements for plastics are not available in many applications.

Taxes

Together, plastics companies and the industries that depend on plastics contribute $5.3 billion in state and federal personal income taxes, and $2.7 billion in payroll (FICA) taxes.

Shipments

Plastics industry shipments in Arkansas totaled nearly $3.7 billion in 2016.

State Shipments

National Shipments