Department of Numbers

Bellingham, Washington Job Growth

There were 89,700 jobs in Bellingham, Washington in November 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 99,989 employed persons for the month. Bellingham lost 200 jobs in November 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 405 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bellingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 89,700 -200 +2,700
CPS 99,989 +405 +2,995

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Bellingham, Washington Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Bellingham as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Bellingham, Washington

CES employment for Bellingham peaked in September 2016 at 90,500. Since then 800 jobs have been lost in Bellingham according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 103,748 for Bellingham in August 2008. 3,759 jobs have been lost in Bellingham since then according to the household survey. From a July 2011 low of 93,156, Bellingham has added 6,833 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2016

Bellingham, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2016 89,700 -200 99,989 405
October 2016 89,900 -600 99,584 786
September 2016 90,500 1,400 98,798 944
August 2016 89,100 100 97,854 -1,438
July 2016 89,000 -300 99,292 171
June 2016 89,300 600 99,121 -197
May 2016 88,700 -800 99,318 -281
April 2016 89,500 700 99,599 118
March 2016 88,800 500 99,481 231
February 2016 88,300 100 99,250 466
January 2016 88,200 700 98,784 1,405
December 2015 87,500 500 97,379 385