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 2023, these exports generated $61.2 billion and helped support over 931,000 well-paying Washington jobs.

Job Creation

  • In Washington, 931,100 jobs were supported by international trade in 2019, representing 20.0% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2020, 11,652 companies exported goods from Washington of which 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2018, 143,700 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.3,4

Exports and Growth

  • Washington exported $61.2 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2023. Washington’s largest markets were:5
    • China ($11.0 billion)
    • Canada ($9.6 billion)
    • Japan ($4.3 billion)
    • Mexico ($3.5 billion)
    • South Korea ($3.1 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Washington's' economy, totaling $4.1 billion in 2020, according to the USDA.6
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $40 billion in exports from 147 companies in Washington.7

Education and Research

  • During 2020, 23,100 international students were enrolled in Washington colleges and universities and contributed $830 million to the Washington economy.10

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 9,968 Peace Corps volunteers from Washington have served in dozens of countries overseas.11