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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.3%. 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 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
North Carolina 5.5% 0.0 -0.3
Asheville 4.3% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 10,333 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,569 in January 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 167. Asheville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Asheville, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 9,736 +70 -139

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
March
2016
5.0% 5.5% 4.3% 9,736
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.3% 9,666
January
2016
4.9% 5.6% 4.3% 9,569
December
2015
5.0% 5.6% 4.5% 9,870
November
2015
5.0% 5.6% 4.5% 10,024
October
2015
5.0% 5.6% 4.6% 10,105
September
2015
5.1% 5.7% 4.6% 10,070
August
2015
5.1% 5.7% 4.6% 10,140
July
2015
5.3% 5.7% 4.7% 10,324
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 4.8% 10,459
May
2015
5.5% 5.8% 4.8% 10,479
April
2015
5.4% 5.8% 4.7% 10,244

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.