Washington’s Key Sectors
The state’s 39,500 farms grow, produce and ship 300 different crops, ranking second in the nation. Food and beverage production supports 164,000 jobs in Washington State, which is the leading producer of apples, sweet cherries, pears, raspberries and hops in the United States.
Fourteen thousand companies and nearly 200,000 tech-based workers are changing the way we manage, manipulate and interact with information. Legendary businesses such as Microsoft, Expedia, T-Mobile and Amazon are joined by a new generation of companies such as Google and Facebook to bring new ideas to market quickly and efficiently.
With thousands of miles of shoreline, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Washington State is a powerhouse for the maritime industry, employing 69,500 tradesmen, shipwrights and marine engineers. Fully 80% of all super luxury yachts produced in the United States are built right here in Washington and the state is second in the nation in seafood processing.