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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in April 2020 at 17.3% and is now 13.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
North Carolina 4.8% -0.2 -8.7
Asheville 4.1% -0.1 -13.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 May 2020 at 37,936. There are now 28,647 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 9,289 -226 -28,647

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 4.1% 9,289
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.2% 9,515
March
2021
6.0% 5.2% 4.3% 9,759
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 5.2% 12,045
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 5.5% 12,591
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 5.7% 13,248
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 6.1% 13,982
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.5% 15,049
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 7.2% 16,581
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 6.8% 15,115
July
2020
10.2% 8.8% 9.6% 21,621

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.