The chemical industry is adding high paying jobs after years of shrinking payrolls. Robust industry expansion over the past few years has reversed the trend of continuous job losses from 1999-2011. Continued steady job gains are expected through 2025, especially as new capacity comes online, and because chemical industry workers are among the highest paid in the manufacturing sector, growing payrolls will strengthen local economies.
For every one job generated in the chemical industry, 6.3 jobs are created elsewhere in the economy. This totals nearly 6 million jobs.
After more than a decade of declines, employment in American chemistry is growing again.
The true employment benefits of the industry go well beyond those who work directly in chemistry. The industry’s employment impact also includes millions of jobs in other industries that are supported indirectly by the supply chain as well as those that are payroll-induced, such as a restaurant worker.
While chemical manufacturing exists in all 50 states, 10 states account for 2/3 of all chemical industry shipments with some of the industry’s highest wages, exceeding $100,000.