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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
North Carolina 4.3% -0.1 -0.2
Asheville 3.2% -0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 February 2010 at 20,082. There are now 12,731 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 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 7,351 -570 -848

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.2% 7,351
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 3.4% 7,921
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.4% 8,026
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.3% 7,805
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.4% 7,950
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.7% 8,522
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.7% 8,509
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.7% 8,438
September
2017
4.2% 4.4% 3.7% 8,465
August
2017
4.4% 4.4% 3.7% 8,499
July
2017
4.3% 4.4% 3.6% 8,336

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.