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Bellingham, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bellingham rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Bellingham peaked in February 2010 at 9.9% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Bellingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Washington 4.5% 0.0 -0.1
Bellingham 5.1% +0.2 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 4,664 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,776 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,084. Bellingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bellingham, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Bellingham 5,860 +313 +377

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bellingham, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.6%
February
2019
3.8% 4.5% 5.1% 5,860
January
2019
4.0% 4.5% 4.9% 5,547
December
2018
3.9% 4.5% 4.9% 5,568
November
2018
3.7% 4.5% 4.7% 5,344
October
2018
3.8% 4.4% 4.4% 4,969
September
2018
3.7% 4.4% 4.3% 4,776
August
2018
3.8% 4.4% 4.5% 4,977
July
2018
3.9% 4.4% 4.5% 5,032
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 4.7% 5,214
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 4.7% 5,222
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 4.9% 5,464

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.