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Washington’s businesses are some of the most successful and recognizable in the world, from Boeing to Microsoft to Starbucks. Major timber and agricultural exports, as well as one of the most trafficked ports on the west coast in Seattle, help Washington exports touch every part of the global economy, generating billions of dollars in profits and creating thousands of jobs in the process. In fact, trade supports over 945,000 Washington jobs.

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Hon. Gary Locke

U.S. Ambassador to China (2011-2014)
U.S. Secretary of Commerce (2009-2011)
Governor (1997-2005)

Hon. Dan Evans

U.S. Senate (1983-1989)
Governor (1965-1977)

In Washington, the USGLC partners with a diverse group of business, non-profit, academic, and military leaders to form state-wide Advisory Committees. The USGLC Advisory Committee works across Washington to educate and inspire support from Washingtonians and policymakers on the importance of America’s civilian-led tools of diplomacy and development.

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Job Creation

  • Trade supported 945,700 jobs in Washington in 2013, or 23% of total jobs.1
  • In 2013, around 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 2013.2
  • In 2013, 101,500 people in Washington were employed by affiliates of companies that are at least 50% foreign-owned.3

Exports and Growth

  • WashingtonWashington exported $86.4 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2015. Washington’s largest 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)4
  • Agricultural exports are important to Washington’s economy, totaling over $3.8 billion in 2014, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2011, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $93 billion in exports from 186 companies in 66 communities in Washington.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $443 million in Washington companies for overseas investment.7

Education and Research

  • In 2013-2014, 6,327 Washington students studied abroad.8
  • During 2015, 27,051 international students were enrolled in Washington colleges and universities and contributed $789 million to the Washington economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 9,345 Peace Corps volunteers from Washington have served in dozens of countries overseas.10

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  1. http://businessroundtable.org/resources/state-data#map=Benefits_of_International_Trade
  2. http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/index.asp
  3. http://businessroundtable.org/resources/state-data#map=Benefits_of_International_Trade
  4. http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/index.asp
  5. http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/state-fact-sheets.aspx#.U2ERwbQzqX54
  6. http://customermap.exim.gov/index.cfm
  7. http://www.opic.gov/sites/default/files/docs/OPIC_local_impact.pdf
  8. http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data/Fact-Sheets-by-US-State/2015
  9. http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data/Fact-Sheets-by-US-State/2015
  10. http://files.peacecorps.gov/images/news/releases/15-PRS-top-states_v1.pdf

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