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Asheville, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 184,900 jobs in Asheville, North Carolina in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 218,202 employed persons for the month. Asheville lost 1,300 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 901 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Asheville job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 184,900 -1,300 +18,200
CPS 218,202 -901 +35,720

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Asheville, North Carolina Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Asheville as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Asheville, North Carolina

CES employment for Asheville peaked in October 2019 at 199,700. Since then 14,800 jobs have been lost in Asheville according to the employer survey. From a trough of 162,000 in April 2020, Asheville has gained 22,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 233,007 for Asheville in February 2020. 14,805 jobs have been lost in Asheville since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 176,485, Asheville has added 41,717 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Asheville, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 184,900 -1,300 218,202 -901
April 2021 186,200 -2,000 219,103 -159
March 2021 188,200 1,100 219,262 296
February 2021 187,100 0 218,966 585
January 2021 187,100 500 218,381 890
December 2020 186,600 700 217,491 1,065
November 2020 185,900 800 216,426 1,601
October 2020 185,100 600 214,825 2,580
September 2020 184,500 2,200 212,245 3,687
August 2020 182,300 4,400 208,558 4,954
July 2020 177,900 4,200 203,604 6,625
June 2020 173,700 7,000 196,979 14,497