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Bellingham, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bellingham rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 5.2%. 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 January 2010 at 9.8% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Bellingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Washington 4.6% 0.0 +0.2
Bellingham 5.2% +0.1 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 October 2009 at 10,445. There are now 4,434 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,082 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 929. Bellingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bellingham, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Bellingham 6,011 +150 +929

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bellingham, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.6%
July
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.2% 6,011
June
2019
3.7% 4.6% 5.1% 5,861
May
2019
3.6% 4.6% 5.0% 5,747
April
2019
3.6% 4.7% 5.0% 5,737
March
2019
3.8% 4.6% 4.9% 5,627
February
2019
3.8% 4.5% 4.9% 5,550
January
2019
4.0% 4.5% 4.8% 5,412
December
2018
3.9% 4.5% 4.7% 5,357
November
2018
3.7% 4.5% 4.7% 5,355
October
2018
3.8% 4.4% 4.7% 5,310

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.