A new survey out today indicates that Washington state lags the national average in terms of women-owned businesses. (See below for full chart). According to the report from American Express, there were an estimated 166,200 women-owned businesses in the state which employed 151, 400 people. That may seem like a lot, but the state actually ranked 31st, with a growth rate of 35.1 percent over the past 14 years.
According to the survey:
Washington is on par with the national average for women-owned firms in terms of employment and has experienced significant growth in sales during the 14 year period. However, the total number of women-owned firms in Washington trails the national average by 14.9 percent.