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Bellingham, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bellingham rose 0.5 percentage points in November 2020 to 7.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Bellingham peaked in April 2020 at 18.1% and is now 10.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Bellingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Washington 6.0% 0.0 +2.0
Bellingham 7.3% +0.5 +2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 13,140 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bellingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bellingham, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Bellingham 8,418 -40 +2,878

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bellingham, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.0% 7.3% 8,418
October
2020
6.9% 6.0% 6.8% 8,458
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 9.3% 11,182
August
2020
8.4% 8.4% 9.4% 11,237
July
2020
10.2% 10.2% 11.8% 14,212
June
2020
11.1% 10.0% 10.4% 12,244
May
2020
13.3% 15.1% 16.1% 19,175
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 3.9% 4.8% 5,599

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.