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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in April 2020 at 18.3% and is now 15.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
North Carolina 3.4% -0.1 -1.7
Asheville 2.9% -0.1 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 April 2020 at 38,947. There are now 32,065 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 6,882 -42 -3,743

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 2.9% 6,882
March
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.0% 6,924
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 3.1% 7,161
January
2022
4.0% 3.9% 3.3% 7,528
December
2021
3.9% 4.1% 3.5% 8,011
November
2021
4.2% 4.2% 3.5% 7,988
October
2021
4.6% 4.4% 3.5% 8,085
September
2021
4.7% 4.5% 3.7% 8,472
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 3.9% 8,959
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 4.2% 9,457
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 4.4% 9,897

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.