Job Creation

  • Trade supported 945,700 jobs in 2013, or 23% of total jobs.
  • In 2013, 12,646 companies exported goods from Washington. Small- and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees made up 90% of total Washington exporters in 2013.
  • In 2013, 101,500 people in Washington were employed by affiliates of companies that are at least 50% foreign-owned.

Exports and Growth

  • Washington exported $86.4 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2015. Washington's larget markets in 2015 were:
    • China ($19.5 billion)
    • Canada ($8.0 billion)
    • Japan ($6.0 billion)
    • Korea ($4.3 billion)
    • United Arab Emirates ($3.2 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Washington's' economy, totaling over $3.8 billion in 2014, according to the USDA.
  • Since 2011, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $93 billion in exports from 186 companies in 66 communities in Washington.
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $443 million in Washington companies for overseas investment.

Education and Research

  • In 2013-2014, 6,327 Washington students studied abroad.
  • During 2015, 27,051 international students were enrolled in Washington colleges and universities and contributed $789 million to the Washington economy.

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 9,345 Peace Corps volunteers from Washington have served in dozens of countries overseas.