Market Report: Whatcom economy steadily recovering from financial meltdown

Whatcom County's economy continues to steadily recover from the financial meltdown of six years ago, and it's showing up in this recent data.

The unemployment rate is dropping back down to pre-recession levels, along with the number of bankruptcies.

In the past year Whatcom County retail sales surpassed the 2007 peak, while new auto sales have yet to return to those levels.

Second-quarter retail sales are expected to be released next month and could be a key indicator of whether cross-border shopping is slowing or gaining momentum.

Here are the trends: