Economy of Washington (state) facts for kids
The 2009 total gross seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7%.
The per capita personal income in 2009 was $41,751, 12th in the nation.
Among its resident billionaires, Washington boasts Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, who, with a net worth of $40 billion, was ranked the wealthiest man in the world as of February 2009, according to Forbes magazine. Other Washington state billionaires include Paul Allen (Microsoft), Steve Ballmer (Microsoft), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Craig McCaw (McCaw Cellular Communications), James Jannard (Oakley), Howard Schultz (Starbucks), and Charles Simonyi (Microsoft).
The ports of Washington handle 8% of all American exports and receive 6% of the nation's imports.
Employment by industry in Washington
|Industry||Employment thousands March 2013||Percent of total employment|
|Trade, transportation and utilities||548.2||18.84%|
|Education and health services||392.2||13.4%|
|Professional and business services||352.0||12.10%|
|Leisure and hospitality||281.7||9.65%|
|Mining, lodging and construction||6.1||0.21%|
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