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Bellingham, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bellingham rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Bellingham peaked in April 2020 at 18.1% and is now 11.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.3% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Bellingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Washington 5.6% -0.4 +1.5
Bellingham 6.4% +0.1 +1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 21,558. There are now 14,609 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,937 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12. Bellingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bellingham, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bellingham 6,949 +12 +1,478

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bellingham, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.6% 6.4% 6,949
January
2021
6.3% 6.0% 6.3% 6,937
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 7.2% 8,279
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 6.7% 7,706
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.8% 8,458
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 9.3% 11,182
August
2020
8.4% 9.1% 9.4% 11,237
July
2020
10.2% 10.8% 11.8% 14,212
June
2020
11.1% 10.8% 10.4% 12,244
May
2020
13.3% 12.5% 16.1% 19,175
April
2020
14.8% 16.3% 18.1% 21,558

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.