Plastics Releases 2021 Size & Impact Report Indicates Continued Growth


Plastics Releases 2021 Size & Impact Report Indicates Continued Growth

The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) released its much-anticipated 2021 Size & Impact Report at a webinar attended by associated members, non-members within the industry, and individuals in media. The 2021 report indicates that the U.S. Plastics industry remains one of the largest sectors of the American economy and continues on a strong developing trail.


This year’s report shows that the U.S. Plastics industry estimated $394.7 billion in shipments in 2020 and 945,300 jobs. While suppliers to the U.S. Plastics industry are involved, the entire shipments figure balloons to $541.5 billion and 1.55 million jobs. According to the most current data, the plastics industry is the eighth largest industry in America.


“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult test for the plastics industry, but it has proven our durability and resilience as the data continues to demonstrate our positive impact on America’s economy,” said Tony Radoszewski, President & CEO of the Plastics Industry Association (Plastics). “We’re the 8th largest industry in the country and accounted for almost one million jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars in shipments last year.”


“The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted a thriving U.S. economy affecting many industries including plastics,” said Perc Pineda, PhD, Chief Economist of Plastics. “This resulted in an estimated 0.9% decrease in the real value of shipments in plastics manufacturing. The marginal downtick in shipments reflects the capacity and commitment of the plastics industry to meet the demands of the manufacturing and consumer sectors, particularly in a stressful macroeconomic environment.”


The annual report highlights exclusive, latest data on U.S. plastics manufacturing, Plastics industry employment, and the opportunity for Plastics domestically. This year’s report showed the plastics industry’s continued, multi-decade track record of strength when compared to the overall U.S. manufacturing sector. Since 1997, the U.S. plastics industry has outpaced all of U.S. manufacturing in terms of growth in real shipments, real value-added, productivity growth, and employment.


The 2021 Size & Impact Report includes state-level data and insights that demonstrate the industry’s geographic footprint. State highlights add Texas being home to the biggest amount of plastics employees with 70,500. The Plastics industry is important for employment across the industrial Midwest. In Indiana, jobs in Plastics account for 15.6 of every 1,000 non-farm jobs. Wisconsin is a close second in this regard, with 14.9 of every 1,000 non-farm jobs being in plastics, followed by Michigan and Ohio.


According to the report, the outlook for the Plastics industry for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022 will be linked to the global economic recovery. The global economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic underscored the importance of a well-functioning global supply chain. The Plastics industry could proceed to face labor and supply chain-related headwinds ahead.


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