Size and Impact of the Plastics Industry on the U.S.: 2021

The U.S. plastics industry is a significant sector, employing nearly a million people and generating $394.7 billion in shipments in 2020. It outperforms manufacturing as a whole in terms of employment growth and exhibits resilience in its shipments and value added. The industry is spread across all 50 states, with Texas leading in employment. Upstream industries are crucial in supporting the plastics sector, while downstream impacts are felt in various sectors. Despite challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry is expected to recover and experience growth due to reshoring and favorable market conditions.

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