Bellingham offers an educated and diverse workforce. Photo courtesy of Faithlife.


Whatcom County offers a variety of employment opportunities – from construction to engineering, commercial fishing to telemarketing, aerospace to software development, healthcare to farming, we have something for everyone.

In 2013, Whatcom County’s labor force was nearly 104,000 strong, with an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent. By December 2015, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent.

The county’s 2013 average annual wage was $41,334 and the median household income was $51,939.

The average commute to work is less than 21 minutes.

Sound good to you?  Check out all the service providers who are here to help you find your dream job in beautiful Whatcom County.

Whatcom County employment services include:

  • NW Workforce Council

    Members of PeaceHealth’s robotics team, including surgeons from Pacific Northwest Urology and Bellingham Urology Group, pose with the da Vinci® Si Surgical System, a robotic surgical platform that allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgeries with more accuracy and precision than conventional surgical techniques. Photo provided by PeaceHealth.

    – The Council is a 27-member board responsible for governance and oversight of the workforce development system in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties. The Council convenes private and public sectors to address workforce development issues. The Council identifies current and future workforce trends, needs and priorities, and works with stakeholders and constituencies to execute priority initiatives.

  • Worksource Whatcom – WorkSource is Washington’s one-stop career center system, a part of the American Job Center Network. This comprehensive career center in downtown Bellingham offers no-cost, professional employment-related services to businesses and job candidate alike. A full menu of opportunities ranges from introductions to work for young adults, occupational training support, mid-career change either by choice or layoff, to strategies for workers 55 and Better.
  • Goodwill – Goodwill offers FREE classes in a wide range of Adult Basic Education including: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Computers, High School Completion (GED, H.S. 21+) and Work Readiness. We welcome everyone! To learn more, please visit the Whatcom County Goodwill Job Training & Education web page.
Bellingham Harbor

Preparing their nets by Ann Chaikin. Photo taken at Bellingham Harbor and provided courtesy of the City of Bellingham.

  • An Employment SolutionAn Employment Solution is a staffing firm which works in partnership with employers to offer free employee assessment and placement in the office, professional, electronics, light industrial and skilled trade job markets.
  • Bayside USABayside USA is a professional recruiting & employment service which offers contract assignments, direct positions & temporary placement in the areas of engineering, design and drafting, and other technically oriented tasks.
  • Cascade Job Corps CenterCascade Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor which offers residential job training & job placement for younger, entry-level workers.
  • Express Employment ProfessionalsExpress Employment Professionals is a staffing agency that offers temporary staffing, evaluation hiring and direct hire placement in a multitude of administrative, commercial and professional fields.
  • Kelly ServicesKelly Services is a temporary & full time staffing agency which provides tailored solutions for employers and employees in fields ranging from education & government to industrial & information technology.
  • Labor ReadyLabor Ready provides on demand staffing for short or long term needs in the fields of aviation, construction, energy, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, transportation and logistics. Labor Ready helps businesses be more productive by handling their employment sourcing, recruiting, screening and workforce management needs.
  • ManpowerManpower is a staffing agency which provides permanent placement, workforce programs and work force insight and innovation designed to optimize human potential and provide businesses with key competitive advantages.