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


From construction to engineering, commercial fishing to telemarketing, aerospace to software development, health care to farming, Whatcom County has

Bellingham Harbor

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

something for everyone.

According to the Port of Bellingham, almost 7,000 firms provide more than 85,700 jobs in the area. With the average commute to work being less than 21 minutes, low commuting time is a plus in Whatcom County, especially compared to major urban areas.

As of 2019, the number is employees in Whatcom County was 102,969, a 2.91% growth, and the unemployment rate was 4.7%, down from 6.9% in 2013.

The median household income in 2019 was $56,419, a 4.08% growth.

Check out all the service providers here to help you find your dream job in beautiful Whatcom County:

  • NW Workforce Council – 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.
  • Members of PeaceHealth’s robotics team, including surgeons from Pacific Northwest Urology and Bellingham Urology Group, pose with the da Vinci®. Photo provided by PeaceHealth.

    WorkSource WA – WorkSource is a statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies to provide employment and training services to job seekers in Washington.

  • 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.
  • Cascade Job Corps Center – Cascade Job Corps offers career training in high-demand industries that gives hands-on experience to begin working toward a long-term successful career.
  • Express Employment Professionals – Express is a staffing agency offering temporary staffing, evaluation hiring and direct hire placement in a multitude of fields.
  • Kelly Services
  • People Ready
  • Manpower