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The Washington Port System: Gateways to Growth at Home and Opportunities Abroad

Activities at Washington’s public ports support over 175,000 family-wage jobs.

With approximately 40 percent of all jobs tied to international commerce, Washington is the most trade-reliant state in the nation. Geographic advantages including proximity to the Pacific Ocean, natural deep water harbors courtesy of the Puget Sound, and an unparalleled network of roads, railways, and waterways have made the region a gateway for trade and commerce.

In our newest research, we examine the importance of Washington’s ports to the statewide economy.



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