Here are some of the chemical industry economic data I have seen recently.
From ChemicalProcessing.com, the latest CPI snapshot (ending April 2015): http://www.chemicalprocessing.com/articles/2015/chemical-processing-economic-snapshot-ending-april-2015/
From the American Chemistry Council via ChemWeek, chemical production was flat in April: http://www.chemweek.com/sections/departments/vital_statistics/ACC-US-chemical-production-flat-in-April_70637.html
Not really economic news, but still interesting – the intersection of Big Data with the Chemical Industry: http://www.chem.info/blogs/2015/05/how-big-data-influencing-chemical-manufacturing
The drop in oil prices has been bad for some industries, but good for others, like chemical manufacturing in Louisiana (and elsewhere): https://www.businessreport.com/article/plummeting-oil-prices-spur-manufacturing-surge-louisiana