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Bellingham, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bellingham rose 1.6 percentage points in July 2020 to 12.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Bellingham peaked in April 2020 at 18.1% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 10.4% in June 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.6 percentage points. You can also compare Bellingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
Washington 10.2% +0.2 +6.0
Bellingham 12.0% +1.6 +7.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 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 April 2020 at 21,558. There are now 7,111 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,244 in June 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,203. Bellingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bellingham, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Bellingham 14,447 +2,203 +8,657

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bellingham, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 8.5%
July
2020
10.2% 10.2% 12.0% 14,447
June
2020
11.1% 10.0% 10.4% 12,244
May
2020
13.3% 15.1% 16.1% 19,175
April
2020
14.7% 16.3% 18.1% 21,558
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 4.7% 5,388
February
2020
3.5% 3.8% 4.7% 5,471
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 4.8% 5,599
December
2019
3.5% 4.0% 4.7% 5,479
November
2019
3.5% 4.0% 4.8% 5,540
October
2019
3.6% 4.0% 4.8% 5,606
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 4.9% 5,678

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.