July 4th Holiday
All NCWorks Career Centers in our region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania) will be closed for the July 4th holiday.
As of May, 4,698 more people are working and 2,700 jobs were added in the region in the past year. Total regional employment is 211,189.
For May 2018, our region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties) continues to have the lowest unemployment rate at in NC at 2.9% , Buncombe County has the lowest rate of any county in NC at 2.8% . Henderson County is tied with three other counties in the state for the #3 lowest rate at 3.1% . Madison County is at 3.4% and Transylvania County is at 3.4% . All counties in our region are below the state unemployment rate for May 2018 of 4.3%.
For 40 consecutive months Buncombe County has maintained the lowest unemployment rate of any NC county. For 38 consecutive months the Mountain Area Workforce region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties) as well as the Asheville metro have maintained the lowest unemployment rate of any NC region.
The Asheville metro (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison Counties) continues to have the lowest unemployment rate of any NC metro at 2.9%. In the past year 2,700 jobs were added in the metro.
In the past year since May 2017, the following sectors added jobs: Mining, Logging and Construction (300 jobs), Manufacturing (900 jobs), Trade Transportation & Utilities (800 jobs), Leisure & Hospitality (300 jobs), Government (300 jobs) and Other Services (200 jobs). Information, Financial Activities and Professional & Business Services were unchanged. Education & Health Services had a net loss (-100 jobs).
Manufacturing and Trade Transportation & Utilities are leading our year-over-year job growth and those are two of the higher paying sectors in the region.