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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville rose 0.5 percentage points in July 2020 to 9.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in April 2020 at 16.7% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.8% in June 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
North Carolina 8.5% +1.0 +4.6
Asheville 9.3% +0.5 +6.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 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 April 2020 at 35,856. There are now 14,867 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,455 in June 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,534. Asheville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Asheville, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 20,989 +1,534 +13,348

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 6.5%
July
2020
10.2% 8.5% 9.3% 20,989
June
2020
11.1% 7.5% 8.8% 19,455
May
2020
13.3% 12.8% 15.9% 35,773
April
2020
14.7% 12.9% 16.7% 35,856
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 3.7% 8,463
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 2.9% 6,984
January
2020
3.6% 3.6% 3.0% 7,099
December
2019
3.5% 3.6% 2.9% 6,860
November
2019
3.5% 3.6% 2.9% 6,994
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.0% 7,156
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.1% 7,328

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.