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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville rose 0.3 percentage points in May 2015 to 4.6%. 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 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in February 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
North Carolina 5.7% +0.2 -0.6
Asheville 4.6% +0.3 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 9,927 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 1,267. Asheville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Asheville, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 10,117 +635 -361

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 4.6% 10,117
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
January
2015
5.7% 5.3% 4.2% 9,060
December
2014
5.6% 5.4% 4.3% 9,098
November
2014
5.8% 5.5% 4.4% 9,402
October
2014
5.7% 5.7% 4.6% 9,736
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 4.8% 10,114
August
2014
6.1% 6.0% 4.9% 10,474
July
2014
6.2% 6.1% 4.9% 10,481
June
2014
6.1% 6.2% 4.9% 10,375

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.