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Bellingham, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bellingham rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Washington rate. The unemployment rate in Bellingham peaked in February 2010 at 9.9% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Bellingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Washington 4.7% 0.0 -0.1
Bellingham 4.9% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 5,056 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,053 in November 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 415. Bellingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bellingham, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Bellingham 5,468 +110 -343

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bellingham, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.9% 5,468
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.8% 5,358
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.7% 5,297
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.5% 5,053
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.5% 5,058
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 4.7% 5,302
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.7% 5,234
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.8% 5,326
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.9% 5,365
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.8% 5,276
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.0% 5,420

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.