U.S. Nuclear Industry Powers Our Nation and Communities

The U.S. nuclear energy industry provides enormous economic benefits, and is critical to our national security, serving as a resilient and reliable energy source. The nuclear industry is an important part of the Trump Administration's energy objectives. Imposing additional costs on already economically challenged nuclear energy plants will put at risk some of the industry's 100,000 good paying jobs.

  • The nuclear energy industry continues to play a vital role in the U.S. economy. America’s nuclear energy industry provides 475,000 direct and secondary full-time jobs.
  • U.S. nuclear reactors employ nearly 100,000 U.S. workers across the country, and a single nuclear plant typically accounts for 700-1,000 jobs.
  • Many nuclear plants are located in rural communities where nuclear plant workers make 26 percent more than the average local salary.
  • Nuclear energy contributes $10 billion in federal taxes yearly and added $60 billion to the country's GDP in 2018.
  • On average, a nuclear energy facility generates $470 million in sales of goods and services annually in the local community and $40 million annually in labor income.

Following are profiles of some of the nation's top operating nuclear energy plants and the benefits they provide to their local communities in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.