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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.9%. 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 February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
North Carolina 3.6% -0.2 -0.9
Asheville 2.9% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 13,386 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,329 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 367. Asheville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Asheville, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 6,696 +367 -1,742

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.6% 2.9% 6,696
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 2.8% 6,329
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.0% 6,973
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.1% 7,204
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.2% 7,523
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

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.