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  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024

    CCNJ’s 39th Annual Conference: Shaping The Future Of The Chemical Industry

    The Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) is gearing up for its highly anticipated 39th Annual Conference, set to take place on April 29-30, 2024, at The Ocean Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. This flagship event is a must-attend for professionals in the chemical industry, offering a unique opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and connect with industry leaders.

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024

    Chasing Arrows Legislation Is Back In The New Legislative Session

    In 2022, legislators had introduced a bill that would prohibit certain products for sale, import or distribution in New Jersey, unless the product has been determined by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to be what is considered “widely recycled”.    The term “widely recycled”, was defined as the material collected for recycling by curbside recycling programs for jurisdictions that collectively encompass at least 60 percent of the population of the state.  By 2030 that number would have to be 75 percent.

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New Jersey Chemistry: Economic Impact

Unlocking the potential of chemistry is central to over 96% of all manufactured goods, cementing its status as a cornerstone of our nation's economic landscape. This dynamic industry delivers substantial economic benefits across every state.

In New Jersey, the chemical sector reigns as the largest manufacturing industry, boasting a robust $15.48 billion valuation and securing its position as the 8th largest chemistry producer nationwide.

Employing a workforce of 48,000 individuals, including professionals in pharmaceuticals and medicine manufacturing, the chemistry companies in the state provide a robust job market. Chemical manufacturers alone contribute 19,000 direct jobs, complemented by an additional 24,471 related employment opportunities.

These chemistry industry jobs offer more than just employment; they are high-paying, with an average wage of $106,822. This figure surpasses the average manufacturing wage by 15%, underlining the financial stability provided by the sector.

Contributing significantly to the state's economy, the chemistry industry generates a staggering $2.10 billion in payroll. Additionally, it plays a pivotal role in funding public services, contributing $618 million in state and local taxes, and $604 million in federal taxes.

Beyond economic contributions, the business of chemistry in New Jersey stands as a vital force addressing challenges at local, national, and global levels. Through innovation, this industry is actively shaping a future where lives are healthier, environments are safer, and our world is more sustainable and productive.


Total Employment (Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Medicine Manufacturing) 48,000    
Employment Chemical Manufacturing Only 19,000 State Rank 10
Chemical Industry Average Wages $106,882 Stae Rank 4
Value of Output ($bill) $15.48 State Rank 8
Exports ($bill) $9.24 State Rank 3

Source: NJ Department of Labor;  2023 Guide to the Business of ChemistryChemistry Matters - New Jersey Impact