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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville rose 0.1 percentage points in August 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 August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
North Carolina 4.1% 0.0 -0.9
Asheville 3.5% +0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 12,191 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 340. Asheville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Asheville, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 7,878 +208 -1,380

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 4.1%
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 3.5% 7,878
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
November
2016
4.6% 5.2% 4.2% 9,549
October
2016
4.8% 5.1% 4.2% 9,579

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.