Washington: Facts and Figures

Washington's businesses are some of the most recognizable in the world, from Boeing to Microsoft to Starbucks. In addition, timber and agricultural exports Ð as well as one of the most trafficked ports on the west coast in Seattle Ð help Washington exports reach every corner of the globe. In 2017, these exports generated $77 billion and helped support over 830,000 good-paying Washington jobs.

Job Creation

  • In Washington, 830,200 (19.3%) are supported by trade, including 332,599 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 12,211 companies exported goods from Washington of which 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 112,700 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Washington exported $77 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Washington's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • China ($18 billion)
    • Canada ($7.9 billion)
    • Japan ($5.4 billion)
    • United Arab Emirates ($4.1 billion)
    • South Korea ($3.2 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Washington's' economy, totaling $4 billion in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $52 billion in exports from 143 companies in Washington.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $485 million in Washington companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 6,599 Washington students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 27,801 international students were enrolled in Washington colleges and universities and contributed $841 million to the Washington economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 9,683 Peace Corps volunteers from Washington have served in dozens of countries overseas.7