Mon December 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The 2017 Size & Impact Report, released today by the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), showed that employment in the U.S. plastics industry grew by one percent in 2016, from 954,000 workers to 965,000.

The report also found that the American plastics industry accounted for $404.4 billion worth of shipments in 2016, a three-percent decline from 2015 that was driven primarily by lower raw material costs and low oil and natural gas prices. Regardless of the decline in shipments, the report notes that the U.S. plastics industry remains historically strong, and well positioned for continued growth.

"More people are working in the plastics industry and that’s a testament to plastics’ economic vitality and innovation,” said PLASTICS President and CEO William R. Carteaux. “Plastics play an important role in communities across the country and our industry's growth continues to outpace manufacturing as a whole."

Other highlights from the report include the following:

  • California reclaimed its position as the state with the most plastics workers with 77,000. For the past two years Texas has held the top spot but fell to third in 2016.
  • Indiana remains the state with the most plastics industry employees per capita. For every 1,000 non-farm jobs in the state, 16.5 of them are in plastics.
  • When counting suppliers to the plastics industry, the estimated value of total shipments balloons to $552.4 billion, and the number of employees expands to 1.76 million.

The full report is available here.


About Plastics Industry Association

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $418 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit Connect with PLASTICS on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.