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Aluminum Nation

For nearly a decade, the Aluminum Association has worked with research firm John Dunham & Associates to produce economic impact impact studies that capture U.S. aluminum jobs, wages, output and other information on an ongoing basis. Data is sortable to the congressional district level. 

Today, the U.S. aluminum industry:

  • Directly employs more than 166,000 workers and indirectly supports an additional 494,000 workers.
  • Directly generates more than $70 billion in economic output and indirectly generates an additional $102 billion in economic output.
  • Supports nearly 660,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs and nearly $172 billion in economic output.
  • Committed or invested $3 billion in domestic manufacturing since 2013.

A 2020 study by economic research firm John Dunham & Associates highlights the importance of the aluminum industry to the U.S. economy.

2020 Jobs impact of the US aluminum industry

Aluminum Jobs by Sector

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Overall employment in U.S. aluminum has held largely steady for most of the past decade though most segments lost jobs between 2018 and 2020. These shifts were offset by an increase in jobs in the primary aluminum segment in the 2020 report, which represent about 3% of U.S. aluminum jobs overall.

Other Key Findings:

  • Workers directly employed by the U.S. aluminum industry earn nearly $13 billion in wages and benefits.
  • When all employment supported by the industry is taken into account, these jobs generate nearly $16 billion in federal, state and local taxes.

How U.S. Aluminum Impacts Your Community

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.

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