Washington’s businesses are some of the most recognizable in the world, from Boeing to Microsoft to Starbucks. In addition, timber and agricultural exports - as well as one of the most trafficked ports on the west coast in Seattle - help Washington exports reach every corner of the globe. In 2018, these exports generated over $78 billion and helped support over 920,000 good-paying Washington jobs.

Job Creation

  • In Washington, 921,400 jobs were supported by international trade in 2017, representing 20.9% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2016, 12,147 companies exported goods from Washington of which 90% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2016, 115,500 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2,3

Exports and Growth

  • Washington exported $77.7 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2018. Washington's largest markets in 2018 were:4
    • China ($16 billion)
    • Canada ($9.1 billion)
    • Japan ($6.1 billion)
    • South Korea ($4.6 billion)
    • United Kingdom ($4 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Washington's' economy, totaling $4 billion in 2017, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $31 billion in exports from 128 companies in Washington.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $485 million in Washington companies for overseas investment.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $23 billion in exports from Washington companies, supporting an estimated 131,700 jobs in the state.8

Education and Research

  • In 2016-2017, 6,613 Washington students studied abroad.9
  • During 2018, 28,455 international students were enrolled in Washington colleges and universities and contributed $917 million to the Washington economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 9,968 Peace Corps volunteers from Washington have served in dozens of countries overseas.10