New car and truck sales had a strong final month in Whatcom County, pushing the year-end total to 4,136. That's up 3.1 percent compared to 2013, according to data from the Dominion Cross-Sell Report.
Look at another economic indicator, Whatcom County bankruptcies were down 18.9 percent in 2014 compared to the year before. It's the lowest annual total since 2007.
Next week: Construction.
Here are the trends: