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Bellingham, Washington Job Growth

There were 89,100 jobs in Bellingham, Washington in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 102,389 employed persons for the month. Bellingham added 600 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 51 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bellingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 89,100 +600 -7,700
CPS 102,389 +51 -8,896

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 96,800. Since then 7,700 jobs have been lost in Bellingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 81,800 in April 2020, Bellingham has gained 7,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 115,995 for Bellingham in October 2020. 13,606 jobs have been lost in Bellingham since then according to the household survey. From a January 2021 low of 102,338, Bellingham has added 51 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Bellingham, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 89,100 600 102,389 51
January 2021 88,500 -300 102,338 -4,596
December 2020 88,800 300 106,934 0
November 2020 88,500 400 106,934 -9,061
October 2020 88,100 -200 115,995 7,475
September 2020 88,300 300 108,520 189
August 2020 88,000 1,700 108,331 2,422
July 2020 86,300 800 105,909 361
June 2020 85,500 2,900 105,548 5,281
May 2020 82,600 800 100,267 2,858
April 2020 81,800 -14,600 97,409 -10,952
March 2020 96,400 -400 108,361 -2,924