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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in February 2010 at 9.6% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in February 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
North Carolina 5.6% -0.1 +0.2
Asheville 4.5% -0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 20,044. There are now 10,146 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,850 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,048. Asheville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Asheville, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 9,898 -191 +800

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.6% 4.5% 9,898
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 4.6% 10,089
October
2015
5.0% 5.7% 4.7% 10,172
September
2015
5.1% 5.8% 4.6% 9,969
August
2015
5.1% 5.9% 4.7% 10,188
July
2015
5.3% 5.9% 4.7% 10,286
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 4.7% 10,190
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 4.6% 10,091
April
2015
5.4% 5.5% 4.3% 9,482
March
2015
5.5% 5.4% 4.2% 9,140
February
2015
5.5% 5.3% 4.1% 8,850

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.