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Seattle Metro Area Facts:
The Seattle metro area accounts for 1.93 million jobs
The top 10 largest employers in the Seattle metro area are Boeing, Microsoft, the University of Washington, Amazon, Weyerhaeuser, Group Health Cooperative, Fredy Meyer, Bank of America, CenturyLink, and Nordstrom.
Seattle proper's largest employer is the University of Washington with approximately 28,000 staff and faculty members
The Aerospace industry employs 82,000 people in Washington (including 7,000 engineers), with a large portion being employed in Seattle & Renton
Amazon, Microsoft, and Real Networks -all companies with offices in the Seattle metro area, generate $13.6 billion of revenue and 186,800 information and communications technology jobs in Washington
The Seattle metro area has 50,400 in software publishing, 25,400 in computer system design and 9,100 in wireless telecommunications.
Seattle area video game companies generate more than one third of the $10 billion annual revenue attributed to the game industry nationwide.
The region is also emerging as a world leader in cloud computing and virtualization through the presence of Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Parallels, Skytap and Symform.
The clean technology industry in Seattle/Washington State accounted for 61,775 jobs in 2009 in the sectors of energy efficiency, renewable energy, reducing pollution and pollution cleanup.
The life science industry (biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, global health and agriculture-energy-environment) generated $6.4 billion in revenues in 2008 and accounts for more than 22,000 direct jobs in WA State.
Healthcare (hospitals, healthcare products and services, training and research), accounts for 96,000 jobs in Seattle and annual revenue of $10 billion.
The marine technology sector accounts for a labor force of 7,600 and annual exports of $167.7 million in Washington State.
The Arts sector includes 3,578 arts-related businesses employing 18,493 people
Seattle is the center of a thriving gourmet coffee industry (including Seattle-based Starbucks); a dynamic recreation equipment sector (thanks to organizations such as the Mountaineers and companies such as K2 Sports, REI, Filson and MSR); and the nation’s largest marine and fisheries sector (fisheries exports from Washington State exceed the total of all other U.S. states combined based on both value and weight).
The Seattle region now includes 35 wineries with more than 80 acres of vineyards.
Major facilities of the Defense Department, one of the largest employers in the region, include Joint Base Fort Lewis McChord (south of Tacoma), the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (Bremerton), Bangor Naval Submarine Base and Naval Station Everett. Statewide, military and defense supported 191,000 jobs.