Department of Numbers

Bellingham, Washington Job Growth

There were 91,600 jobs in Bellingham, Washington in July 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 105,922 employed persons for the month. Bellingham added 2,200 jobs in July 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 374 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bellingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 91,600 +2,200 -4,700
CPS 105,922 +374 -3,833

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 February 2020 at 96,400. Since then 4,800 jobs have been lost in Bellingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 82,600 in April 2020, Bellingham has gained 9,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 111,285 for Bellingham in February 2020. 5,363 jobs have been lost in Bellingham since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 97,409, Bellingham has added 8,513 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2020

Bellingham, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2020 91,600 2,200 105,922 374
June 2020 89,400 3,700 105,548 5,281
May 2020 85,700 3,100 100,267 2,858
April 2020 82,600 -13,400 97,409 -10,952
March 2020 96,000 -400 108,361 -2,924
February 2020 96,400 100 111,285 557
January 2020 96,300 300 110,728 89
December 2019 96,000 300 110,639 143
November 2019 95,700 0 110,496 181
October 2019 95,700 -500 110,315 199
September 2019 96,200 0 110,116 195
August 2019 96,200 -100 109,921 166