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Bellingham, Washington Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bellingham fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2021 to 6.1%. 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 18.4% and is now 12.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bellingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Washington 5.3% -0.1 -7.2
Bellingham 6.1% -0.3 -8.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 22,111. There are now 15,248 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bellingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bellingham, Washington) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bellingham 6,863 -181 -9,391

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bellingham, Washington Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Washington
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployment Rate
Bellingham
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 5.3% 6.1% 6,863
April
2021
6.1% 5.4% 6.4% 7,044
March
2021
6.0% 5.5% 6.7% 7,421
February
2021
6.2% 5.6% 7.3% 8,063
January
2021
6.3% 6.0% 8.3% 9,188
December
2020
6.7% 6.3% 6.6% 7,188
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 7.1% 7,800
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 7.3% 8,624
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 8.8% 9,746
August
2020
8.4% 9.1% 10.2% 11,418
July
2020
10.2% 10.8% 12.2% 13,911

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.