America’s chemical industry is a $553 billion enterprise directly providing more than half a million high-paying jobs across the United States, according to the 2019 edition of the Guide to the Business of Chemistry, released last week. Each one of these jobs helps create others, almost 4.5 million in fact.
Prepared annually by ACC’s Economics and Statistics Department, the Guide highlights chemistry’s significant contributions to the U.S. and world economies. It divides the business into more than 30 categories of production, highlighting distinct features such as growth dynamics, markets, and new developments.
Individual sections provide detailed information about important topics including financial performance, U.S. and global trade, innovation, capital investment, employment, environmental and safety statistics, energy, and distribution.
Key findings include:
American chemistry remains in demand across the world, despite trade tensions. The U.S. chemical industry produces a large and growing trade surplus, reaching $31 billion in 2018. Free trade and open markets are essential to growth and job creation in the industry, and they provide significant benefits to the broader economy.
The chemistry industry’s contributions extend to the benefits provided by its products. A driver of innovation, we provide the materials necessary to make life healthy, safe and comfortable – contributing to a higher standard of living for people in our country and around the world. Solutions from our industry are needed to provide a safe and plentiful food supply, clean air and water, safe living conditions, efficient and affordable energy, and life-saving medical treatments.
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