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Bellingham, Washington Job Growth

There were 91,000 jobs in Bellingham, Washington in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 104,779 employed persons for the month. Bellingham added 200 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 994 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bellingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 91,000 +200 +8,400
CPS 104,779 +994 +6,071

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 5,800 jobs have been lost in Bellingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 81,800 in April 2020, Bellingham has gained 9,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 112,286 for Bellingham in February 2020. 7,507 jobs have been lost in Bellingham since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 97,754, Bellingham has added 7,025 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Bellingham, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 91,000 200 104,779 994
April 2021 90,800 600 103,785 813
March 2021 90,200 600 102,972 517
February 2021 89,600 1,100 102,455 291
January 2021 88,500 -300 102,164 247
December 2020 88,800 300 101,917 -30
November 2020 88,500 400 101,947 -7,586
October 2020 88,100 -200 109,533 7,945
September 2020 88,300 300 101,588 539
August 2020 88,000 1,700 101,049 693
July 2020 86,300 800 100,356 804
June 2020 85,500 2,900 99,552 844