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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in February 2010 at 9.6% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
North Carolina 4.9% +0.2 -0.7
Asheville 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 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 10,824 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,315 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 930. Asheville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Asheville, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 9,245 +136 -860

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.1% 9,245
September
2016
5.0% 4.7% 4.1% 9,109
August
2016
4.9% 4.6% 3.9% 8,661
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.8% 8,315
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 3.9% 8,582
May
2016
4.7% 5.1% 3.9% 8,631
April
2016
5.0% 5.4% 4.2% 9,517
March
2016
5.0% 5.5% 4.3% 9,728
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.3% 9,666
January
2016
4.9% 5.6% 4.3% 9,569
December
2015
5.0% 5.6% 4.5% 9,870

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.