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Life Sciences in Washington

Washington state is a world-class epicenter for the life sciences and has been ranked as the fifth-largest life sciences cluster in the U.S. according to a recent Milken Institute study. We are home to dozens of research institutes and some of the nation’s leading public research universities. 

The life sciences industry forms an important and growing segment of Washington’s economic base. Various segments of the life sciences industry are estimated to directly employ over 34,000 people in the state, about two-thirds as many people as are employed in the software industry. Those life science jobs support 58,000 additional jobs throughout the state’s economy, so that the total employment impact is more than 92,000.

These jobs greatly impact the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) and personal income. Altogether, the life sciences industry generated nearly $11 billion of GDP and $7 billion of personal income in 2011.

Over the course of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, the contribution by the life sciences sector continues to outpace Washington state’s total wage and salary statistics, as represented in the graph below :

Life Science Economic Impact Reports

2012 Life Science Economic Impact Report

2011 Life Science Economic Impact Report

2010 Life Science Economic Impact Report

2009 We Work for Health Life Science Economic Impact Report



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