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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in February 2010 at 9.5% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
North Carolina 4.2% 0.0 +0.4
Asheville 3.3% 0.0 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 March 2010 at 19,879. There are now 11,861 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,077 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 941. Asheville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Asheville, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 8,018 +50 +864

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.2%
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.3% 8,018
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.3% 7,968
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.2% 7,777
April
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.2% 7,598
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.2% 7,510
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.1% 7,356
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.1% 7,271
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.0% 7,152
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.0% 7,139
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.0% 7,101

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.