For May 2020, our region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties) unemployment rate remains historically high at 15.8% . Buncombe County now has the #3 highest rate of any county in NC at 17.5% . Henderson County unemployment rate declined slightly to 13.4% . Madison County is at 13.1% and Transylvania County is at 10.3% . Buncombe, Henderson and Madison Counties are above the state average of 12.7%.
Our region’s streak of maintaining the lowest unemployment rate in NC ended in April 2020. Now our region has the highest unemployment rate in NC. For 61 consecutive months Buncombe County had maintained the lowest unemployment rate of any NC county and for 61 consecutive months the Mountain Area Workforce region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties) as well as the Asheville metro had maintained the lowest unemployment rate of any NC region.
There are 33,035 unemployed individuals in our region for May 2020, up from 32,255 unemployed individuals in our region in April 2020.
Asheville metro now has the #1 highest unemployment of any NC metro at 16.1%.
The Leisure & Hospitality sector lost 56.3% (-17,000 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Other Services lost 15.6% (-1,400 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Information lost 21.1% (-400 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Education & Health Services lost 11.9% (-4,500 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Professional & Business Services lost 20.0% (-4,500 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Trade Transportation & Utilities lost 9.3% (-3,400 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Manufacturing lost 8.2% (-1,800 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Mining Logging & Construction lost 3.9% (-400 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector and Financial Activities was unchanged from one year ago.
Greensboro/High Point 14.5%
Rocky Mount 13.8%
Durham/Chapel Hill 10.6%
New Bern 10.3%
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If you are searching for job opportunities, there are still many employers hiring in Western North Carolina. Please review these opportunities. For more information, contact your local NCWorks Career Center.
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Western North Carolina’s largest hiring event is going virtual due to COVID-19. WNC Virtual Career Expo begins at 6:00 am on Wednesday, June 3 and continues until Friday, June 5.
Looking for your next career opportunity? Find your future at the WNC Career Expo – a VIRTUAL regional job fair, June 3-5.
Employers in Western North Carolina have available positions and want to hire qualified candidates – like you! Through the regional virtual career expo, you can: learn about local employers, determine your best job fit, and meet with employers LIVE online via chat or email. Access this event from any device anywhere with Internet service. Career seekers are invited to register to tell potential employers more about you and to upload a resume Registration is not required.
“These will be permanent jobs,” Ramsey told News 13. “There is a component of that program our region did not participate in where you could provide temporary employment, but we have many permanent jobs in our region.”
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board Comprehensive Four-Year Regional and Local Workforce Development Plan for Program Years 2020-24 is available for public comment beginning on Monday, May 19, 2020. Public comment will be received for the next thirty (30) days until June 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm. All public comments shall be sent to email@example.com or to Zia Rifkin, Administrative Services, Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, Land of Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, Asheville, NC 28806.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires each local Workforce Development Board (WDB) to develop and submit to the state, in partnership with the local chief elected official, a comprehensive four-year plan. Annually, each WDB provides updates to the four-year plan. The WIOA Comprehensive Four-Year Plan for Program Years (PY) 2020-2024 is the first year of the comprehensive four-year plan, providing current information and is effective July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. The Comprehensive Four-Year Plan (PY 2020-24) will be maintained and updated as appropriate on an annual basis.
You are invited to join the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board’s Virtual Apprenticeship Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 8:30 am as we highlight a workforce strategy that benefits companies, employees and career seekers. Take advantage of what Apprenticeship has to offer and see how it can help you grow your local workforce.
To join the meeting visit the following link. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrd-Chpz8tHNVAiWp2m8MJBzQZBODsy3Xa
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Hear from ApprenticeshipNC, MB Haynes Corporation, Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, Advanced Superabrasives Incorporated and Mountain Area Workforce Development Board.
Although we are in the midst of an economic crisis due to COVID-19, there are many employers in Western North Carolina who are still hiring. This is not an exhaustive list. If you are an employer who would like to be added to this list, please let us know.
For more job opportunities in our region, contact your local NCWorks Career Center or visit NCWorks.gov.
The Mountain Area Workforce Development Board will meet Tuesday, March 24 at 3:00 pm via Zoom. This meeting will be virtual (remote participation only) without an in person meeting. The Board will discuss potential responses to the COVID-19 job losses in the region.
Topic: Mountain Area Workforce Development Board Meeting
Time: Mar 24, 2020
03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Mission Statement for Mountain Area Workforce Development Board: “TO PROVIDE EMPLOYERS AND JOB SEEKERS A FULLY INTEGRATED SYSTEM OF EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND TRAINING SERVICES FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEVELOPING THE ECONOMIC STRENGTH AND GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS OF THIS AREA”