Department of Numbers

Bellingham, Washington Job Growth

There were 95,600 jobs in Bellingham, Washington in September 2023 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 111,123 employed persons for the month. Bellingham lost 1,900 jobs in September 2023 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 499 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bellingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 95,600 -1,900 +200
CPS 111,123 -499 +1,411

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 June 2023 at 97,600. Since then 2,000 jobs have been lost in Bellingham according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 112,573 for Bellingham in March 2020. 1,450 jobs have been lost in Bellingham since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 99,709, Bellingham has added 11,414 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2023

Bellingham, Washington Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2023 95,600 -1,900 111,123 -499
August 2023 97,500 200 111,622 -450
July 2023 97,300 -300 112,072 196
June 2023 97,600 400 111,876 414
May 2023 97,200 500 111,462 266
April 2023 96,700 0 111,196 345
March 2023 96,700 300 110,851 428
February 2023 96,400 -500 110,423 312
January 2023 96,900 -100 110,111 277
December 2022 97,000 1,000 109,834 -8
November 2022 96,000 200 109,842 24
October 2022 95,800 400 109,818 106