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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2014 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in February 2010 at 9.3% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
North Carolina 6.3% -0.4 -1.2
Asheville 4.8% -0.3 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2014 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 19,768. There are now 9,199 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,240 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 329. Asheville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Asheville, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 10,569 -380 -1,825

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
November
2014
5.8%
October
2014
5.8% 6.3% 4.8% 10,569
September
2014
5.9% 6.7% 5.1% 10,949
August
2014
6.1% 6.8% 5.1% 11,000
July
2014
6.2% 6.5% 5.0% 10,714
June
2014
6.1% 6.4% 4.9% 10,579
May
2014
6.3% 6.4% 4.9% 10,749
April
2014
6.3% 6.2% 4.8% 10,370
March
2014
6.7% 6.3% 4.7% 10,285
February
2014
6.7% 6.4% 4.7% 10,240
January
2014
6.6% 6.7% 5.0% 10,908
December
2013
6.7% 6.9% 5.4% 11,652
November
2013
7.0% 7.2% 5.5% 11,998

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.