Jobs report: More jobs, but growing workforce pushes jobless rate up

Filed on 23. Jun, 2015 in Contents, Market Indicators

Jobs report: More jobs, but growing workforce pushes jobless rate up

Whatcom County employers added jobs in May, but a growing workforce pushed the unemployment rate up slightly from April. Whatcom County’s estimated unemployment rate climbed to 5.8 percent last month, up from a corrected rate of 5.4 percent in April, according to the state Employment Security Department’s latest monthly employment report. The 5.8 unemployment rate [...]

Economic recovery? Not at local food banks

Filed on 16. Jun, 2015 in Features, Market Indicators, News

Economic recovery? Not at local food banks

Vikki Warner probably waited too long to get help. When she finally got in line at the Bellingham Food Bank, her savings were gone, her cupboards were empty and her bills were past due. That was in April 2015, nearly six years after the recession officially ended, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. [...]

Border crossings into Whatcom County: Canadians stayed home in April

Filed on 08. Jun, 2015 in Contents, Data, Market Indicators

Border crossings into Whatcom County: Canadians stayed home in April

Southbound border traffic into Whatcom County remained low in April, as the Canadian dollar averaged 81 cents for the month. According to data from Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute, 1,077,501 passengers crossed the border into Whatcom County during the month. That’s 17 percent less than in April 2014 when 1,298,730 southbound passengers crossed the border. [...]

Farmers Market sales dip as market for local organic food grows

Filed on 12. May, 2015 in Contents, Features, Market Indicators

Farmers Market sales dip as market for local organic food grows

After years of steady growth, sales at the Bellingham Farmers Market leveled off and declined about 3 percent per year starting in 2011. That drop is minuscule compared to the market’s growth up to 2011, market director Caprice Teske said. Gross sales at the market have nearly doubled since 2006, growing from about $1 million [...]

Bellingham foreclosure rate unchanged in February

Filed on 05. May, 2015 in Data, Market Indicators, News

Bellingham foreclosure rate unchanged in February

After declining for two years, the rate of foreclosures in Bellingham didn’t change from January to February 2015, according to a new report by CoreLogic, a real estate data firm. The rate of foreclosures among outstanding mortgages was 0.75 percent in January and February 2015. The rate is down 0.36 percentage points compared to February [...]

Border traffic down in first quarter of 2015

Filed on 04. May, 2015 in Market Indicators, News

Border traffic down in first quarter of 2015

Editor’s note: an earlier version of this post misstated the number of passenger crossings between January and March 2014. The correct number is 3,014,155, not 3,104,155. In March, 1,096,759 passengers crossed into Whatcom County, according to data from Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute. That’s more southbound traffic than in February, but it is [...]

Unemployment rate unchanged in February

Filed on 01. Apr, 2015 in Contents, Data, Market Indicators, News

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in February 2015. That’s the same as the revised rate for January 2015, according to the latest data from the state Employment Security Department. Before January, the unemployment rate in Whatcom County was below 7 percent for more than six months.The county added 4,100 jobs between February 2014 [...]

Business bankruptcies, 2/24/15 to 3/24/15

Filed on 26. Mar, 2015 in Data, Market Indicators, Public Records

Whatcom County business bankruptcies filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington. Chapter 7 A Gift of Dance, estimated asset range: $0 to $50,000; liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000; case no.:15-11416-LAO. Date filed:3/10/15 Chapter 11 and 13 No chapter 11 or 13 bankruptcies were filed during this date range.

Bellingham foreclosure rate down to 0.75 percent

Filed on 26. Mar, 2015 in Contents, Data, Market Indicators

Bellingham foreclosure rate down to 0.75 percent

The rate of foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans decreased again, according to the latest data from CoreLogic, national providers of financial, property and consumer data. The delinquency rate, or rate of mortgage loan payments 90 or more days delinquent, also decreased. Both figures have been declining for more than two years. The rate of foreclosures [...]

Washington gains 100,000 new jobs

Filed on 10. Mar, 2015 in Data, Market Indicators, News

By (Everett) Herald Business Journal staff OLYMPIA — Washington gained more than 100,000 new jobs in the past year and most of it was in the private sector, the state’s labor economist said today. January’s monthly employment report from the state Employment Security Department estimates employment increased by 100,500 from January 2014 to January 2015, [...]

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