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.