Ferndale is having a very busy start to the construction season, according to building permits filed with the city.
Building permit valuations have totaled $8.6 million in the first quarter, up $4 million compared to the first quarter of 2014.
Combined with the strong start in Bellingham and unincorporated areas of Whatcom County, it's translated into more construction jobs. The 6,600 people employed in construction last month was the highest monthly total since November 2013.
Here are the trends: