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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in February 2010 at 9.6% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
North Carolina 5.3% +0.1 0.0
Asheville 4.1% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Asheville, North Carolina, National

Asheville, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Asheville peaked in February 2010 at 20,069. There are now 10,686 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,315 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,068. Asheville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Asheville, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 9,383 -95 -186

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 5.3% 4.1% 9,383
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 4.2% 9,478
November
2016
4.6% 5.2% 4.1% 9,233
October
2016
4.8% 5.1% 4.1% 9,136
September
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.1% 9,109
August
2016
4.9% 5.0% 3.9% 8,661
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 3.8% 8,315
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 3.9% 8,582
May
2016
4.7% 5.0% 3.9% 8,631
April
2016
5.0% 5.0% 4.2% 9,517
March
2016
5.0% 5.1% 4.3% 9,728

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.