Washington’s Key Sectors
Washington State’s bustling economy truly has something for everyone. With more than a half million businesses in the state, we cover nearly every industry and profession imaginable. Following are the key industries we dedicate additional resources to, largely because they have the most potential for creating economic wealth and job growth throughout the state in the years to come.
The undisputed global leader in aerospace, Washington’s aviation industry goes back more than a century. The state has more than 1,300 firms in its aerospace cluster, developing and building products and services for major manufacturers and airlines throughout the world, including Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier.
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 more than 300,000 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.
The state’s fifth largest industry, Tourism brings in more than $21 billion annually to Washington and employs 180,000+ workers statewide. Due to its geographic locale and direct access to international markets in Asia and Europe, Washington is a popular destination for visitors around the world.