#39 Washington


3.82 out of 10 in Taxation and Regulation

6.07 out of 10 in Workforce Quality

6.51 out of 10 in Living Environment

Right to Work?


State Profile

Washington’s GDP in the first quarter of 2016 grew three times faster than the national rate, and the Evergreen State has outpaced the nation as a whole for four years running, growing 8.1 percent compared to 6.5 percent from 2012 to 2015. Washington added 290,000 jobs since 2013, and in 2016, at a faster rate (3.1 percent) than 48 other states.

Key Industries

Aerospace & Defense, Biotech, Clean Tech, Forestry, I.T., Maritime

Key Companies

Amazon
Capital One
Costco
General Dynamics
Lockheed Martin
Microsoft
Starbucks
Weyerhauser

Key Contacts

Dept. of Commerce

Brian Bonlender, Director
360-725-4000
1011 Plum Street SE
P.O. Box 42525
Olympia, WA 98504-2525
brian.bonlender@commerce.wa.gov
http://www.commerce.wa.gov/about/Pages/default.aspx

CEO Comments

“Oregon and Washington continue to pass environmental laws that go beyond national laws and standards, making it more expensive and harder to compete with all other states other than California.”

Current Developments

2016 REGIONAL REPORT: The West

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