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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2017 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in February 2010 at 9.6% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
North Carolina 4.1% 0.0 -1.0
Asheville 3.5% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November 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 12,065 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,538 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 466. Asheville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Asheville, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 8,004 +124 -1,575

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.5% 8,004
September
2017
4.2% 4.1% 3.5% 7,880
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 3.5% 7,876
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.4% 7,670
June
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.3% 7,538
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 3.6% 8,212
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 3.7% 8,569
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 3.8% 8,749
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 3.9% 8,859
January
2017
4.8% 5.3% 4.2% 9,457
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 4.2% 9,520

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.