With the relatively warm winter in Whatcom County, it appears the spring construction season got off to an early start, according to recent reports.
According to Washington's Employment Security Department, the number of people employed in construction in February was 500 higher than the same month in 2014.
Building permits were up year-over-year in Ferndale and in unincorporated parts of Whatcom County. Expect those numbers to continue to rise in the coming months.
Here are the trends: