The number of manufacturing jobs in Bellingham, Washington has declined and service jobs have now become more important to the city. Fishing, timber and agriculture are still important to the economy, however they are not as vital as there were in the past. The major agricultural industries are berries and dairy farming.
Jobs are provided by businesses that produce items such as transportation equipment, baked goods, processed frozen foods and wood products. Luxury yachts and military boats are the focus of the shipbuilding industry. In addition, healthcare has become a more important part of the economy.
The top fields of employment in Bellingham, Washington are government; trade, transportation and utilities; leisure and hospitality; healthcare, manufacturing, educational services, and professional and business services. About 33% of the labor force is employed in management, professional and related occupations. 30% of the workers are employed in sales and office jobs.
The Bellingham Whatcom Economic Development Council promotes local companies, products, and services and assists companies in interfacing with international, national, and regional markets. The council also provides a variety of other services.
Bellingham's largest job providers:
- Western Washington University
- St. Joseph Hospital
- Bellingham School District
- Whatcom County
- City of Bellingham
- Haggen Inc
- Sodexho Services
- Brown & Cole
- Fred Meyer Inc
- Peacehealth Medical Group
- Anvil Corporation
- Interior Pacific Inc
- Olympic Health Management Systems, Inc
- Imco General Construction Inc
- Portionables, Inc
- Macy's Department Stores, Inc
- Costco Wholesale Corporation
Notable information regarding Bellingham, Washington: Adult population which has earned a bachelor's degree or higher: 33%. Average salary in 2009: $35,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 107.0 (U.S. average: 100).
Bellingham companies have opportunities to work with helpful organizations such as:
- Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Bellingham Whatcom Economic Development Council
- Washington Economic Development Association
- Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development
- Washington Manufacturing Services
- Small Business Administration - Washington
Those interested in Bellingham business and economic news may want to read the Bellingham Herald.