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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2016 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in February 2010 at 9.6% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
North Carolina 5.1% -0.3 -0.7
Asheville 3.9% -0.3 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 11,427 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 May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 8,642 -875 -1,837

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.9%
May
2016
4.7% 5.1% 3.9% 8,642
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
November
2015
5.0% 5.6% 4.5% 10,024
October
2015
5.0% 5.6% 4.6% 10,105
September
2015
5.1% 5.7% 4.6% 10,070
August
2015
5.1% 5.7% 4.6% 10,140
July
2015
5.3% 5.7% 4.7% 10,324

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.