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Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Asheville fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Asheville peaked in April 2020 at 16.7% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Asheville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
North Carolina 6.2% 0.0 +2.6
Asheville 6.0% -0.1 +3.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 22,394 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 November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Asheville 13,462 -114 +6,468

Number of Unemployed Persons

Asheville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployment Rate
Asheville
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.2% 6.0% 13,462
October
2020
6.9% 6.2% 6.1% 13,576
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 7.3% 16,250
August
2020
8.4% 6.5% 6.9% 15,112
July
2020
10.2% 8.5% 9.2% 20,742
June
2020
11.1% 7.5% 8.8% 19,455
May
2020
13.3% 12.8% 15.9% 35,773
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 3.6% 3.0% 7,099

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.