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Bellingham, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bellingham fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.7%. 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 April 2020 at 17.6% and is now 12.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bellingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Washington 4.1% 0.0 -1.6
Bellingham 4.7% -0.1 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 22,171. There are now 16,623 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bellingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bellingham, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Bellingham 5,548 -47 -1,802

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bellingham, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.7% 5,548
March
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.8% 5,595
February
2022
3.8% 4.3% 4.8% 5,630
January
2022
4.0% 4.4% 5.0% 5,819
December
2021
3.9% 4.5% 5.2% 5,993
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 5.2% 5,986
October
2021
4.6% 4.6% 5.3% 6,067
September
2021
4.7% 4.8% 5.5% 6,326
August
2021
5.2% 5.0% 5.8% 6,612
July
2021
5.4% 5.2% 6.0% 6,861
June
2021
5.9% 5.4% 6.2% 7,041

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.