International trade map: Washington state still big on airplanes

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has provided a interactive graphic that describes state-by-state the impact of international trade.

Washington state’s economy is heavily dependent on international trade, which some say has helped fuel some of our community’s more globalized view of the world. There’s a lot of talk these days about “global health” as a new emerging industry for this region, but as this chart indicates we’re still mostly about building airplanes.

Even Microsoft ranks pretty low, by comparison in terms of jobs and economic impact, after Boeing. Another point of note: Our local do-gooders talk a lot about wanting to assist sub-Saharan Africa. But one of the best ways to help Africa is going to be through economic development and commercial partnerships.

As this chart shows, we could do a lot more to expand our business ties with Africa.

Go to link above. This is just a screen grab:


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