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Aluminum the Essential Element for U.S. Jobs & Manufacturing

The Essential Element

The U.S. aluminum industry is a key element of the nation's manufacturing base. Strong, lightweight and infinitely recyclable, aluminum is a material uniquely suited to meet the needs and challenges of the 21st century. From increasing vehicle fuel efficiency to green building products to sustainable packaging, aluminum is well positioned in the U.S. and global markets.

A study by economic research firm John Dunham & Associates highlights the importance of the aluminum industry to the U.S. economy.

Aluminum in US Manufacturing

Today, the U.S. aluminum industry:

  • Directly employs 155,000 workers and indirectly employs an additional 517,000 workers.
  • Directly generates $65 billion in economic output and indirectly generates an additional $87 billion in economic output.
  • In total, the U.S. aluminum industry supports 672,000 jobs and $152 billion in economic output, nearly 1 percent of Gross Domestic Product.
  • Aluminum industry jobs are high quality, advanced manufacturing jobs. Workers in the industry earn an average salary far exceeding the national average.
  • The industry has significantly reduced energy demand and carbon emissions.

Aluminum Industry Economic Impact Map

The map below provides detailed information on the economic contributions generated by the aluminum industry in the United States. To see how the industry creates jobs in your state or congressional district, click on the map or on the drop-down boxes below.

The aluminum industry directly employs more than 155,000 workers.

More than 155,000 workers are directly employed in the aluminum industry. For each aluminum industry job, an additional 3.3 employment positions are created elsewhere in the economy. In total, 672,000 U.S. jobs are created by the production, processing and use of aluminum.

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