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Bellingham, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bellingham fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Bellingham peaked in February 2010 at 9.9% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Bellingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Washington 4.5% 0.0 -0.7
Bellingham 4.5% 0.0 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bellingham, Washington, National

Bellingham, Washington monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bellingham, Washington Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bellingham peaked in September 2009 at 10,524. There are now 5,450 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,058 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 16. Bellingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bellingham, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Bellingham 5,074 +16 -1,359

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bellingham, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.5% 5,074
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.5% 5,058
September
2017
4.2% 4.6% 4.7% 5,302
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 4.7% 5,234
July
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.8% 5,326
June
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.9% 5,365
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.8% 5,276
April
2017
4.4% 4.6% 5.0% 5,420
March
2017
4.5% 4.7% 5.2% 5,593
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 5.4% 5,811
January
2017
4.8% 5.1% 5.7% 6,189

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.