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Size and Impact: What Plastics Contributes to the Economy

Plastics is one of the largest industries in America and employs thousands of workers.

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$451 billion in total plastics shipments993,000 people are directly employed by the plastics industry
1.70 million jobs are dependent on plastics manufacturing17% employment increases in the plastics industry from 2012 to 2018
The plastics industry experienced 2.0% growth per year in real value added from 2012 to 2018Apparent consumption of plastic products - 6.1% growth from 2017 to 2018
Apparent consumption of plastics industry goods - 6.9% growth from 2017 to 2018

Plastics is one of the largest industries in America and employs thousands of workers.

The plastics industry is made up of material suppliers, processors, equipment and mold makers, brand owners, and recyclers. Together, the men and women who work for these companies deliver a major benefit to the economy.

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