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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2014 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
North Carolina 6.4% -0.3 -2.2
Asheville 4.7% -0.3 -2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 19,636. There are now 9,487 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Asheville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Asheville, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 10,149 -721 -6,478

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7%
February
2014
6.7% 6.4% 4.7% 10,149
January
2014
6.6% 6.7% 5.0% 10,870
December
2013
6.7% 6.9% 5.4% 11,787
November
2013
7.0% 7.2% 5.8% 12,613
October
2013
7.2% 7.5% 6.2% 13,442
September
2013
7.2% 7.7% 6.4% 13,972
August
2013
7.2% 8.0% 6.6% 14,468
July
2013
7.3% 8.1% 6.8% 14,862
June
2013
7.5% 8.3% 6.9% 15,099
May
2013
7.5% 8.3% 6.9% 15,230
April
2013
7.5% 8.4% 7.0% 15,499
March
2013
7.5% 8.5% 7.3% 16,061

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.