Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research’s list of the top employers in Whatcom County for 2017 is avilable.
St. Joseph Hospital is at the top of the list again with 3028 employees, second place goes to the Lummi Nation, next is Western Washington University, followed by Bellingham Public Schools and then the Whatcom County government. Rounding out the top 10 we find next is BP Cherry Point, the city of Bellingham, Mayberry Packing, Haggen, and Fred Meyer
The top 10 largest employers on the list are pretty much the same as they have been the past few years.
In a community the size of Whatcom County, McCafferty, assistant director of the center said, it’s expected that hospitals, public schools, and local government would be on the top of the list.
Not all companies are willing to disclose such information — and of the ones that are willing to participate, researchers just have to trust that the information provided is correct.
This year ranking is by total headcount — a change from recent years, which looked at the number of full-time or full-time equivalent employees.
Employers with seasonal labor were more represented on the list this year. Maberry Packing, a Lynden berry grower went from 51st in 2016 to No. 8 in 2017.