You are invited to attend a retirement party on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the NCWorks Career Center Asheville, 48 Grove Street in downtown Asheville. Rick Elingburg is retiring after 44 years of service to the State of North Carolina. Rick has been the manager of the NCWorks Career Center Asheville for over 24 years.
Rick is a statewide leader in workforce development and the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board has recognized him as Board Member Emeritus for his 24 years of service as a member of the workforce board.
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Mountain Area Workforce Development Board 2019 Recognition Luncheon will be on Thursday, December 12 from 11:15 am – 1:00 pm at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. The luncheon and musical performance by the West Henderson High School Wind Ensemble. The luncheon will be provided by Red Radish Catering.
Over 1,000 job seekers attended the WNC Career Expo on October 29 at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. More than 150 employers, educational institutions and workforce partners participated in this event which is the largest recruiting event in Western North Carolina. Participating employers were offering more than 8,000 career opportunities.
This career fair is a partnership between the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and Mountain Area Workforce Development Board.
The location and date were changed for the fall 2019 WNC Career Expo due to public health concerns at the previous site.
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The Mountain Area Workforce Development Board received the “Work-Based Learning Champion” award from the NC Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) at their annual meeting in Raleigh at Moore Square Magnet Middle School.
NCBCE is part of the Governor’s office and the focus is to connect businesses with K12 schools. NCBCE initiatives include LiNC-IT, Ready Set App!, The Navigator, Students@Work, Teachers@Work and more.
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The fall WNC Career Expo takes place Thursday, October 17 at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher, NC from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Our region continues to have the tightest job market in the state. We know that in this market you have to use all available resources to recruit the right talent for your company. As the region’s largest career fair, the WNC Career Expo attracts thousands of qualified career seekers helping you make the right connections to meet your company’s workforce needs. There will be free bus rides for job seekers from any ART station.
WHO : Manufacturing employers, educators, economic developers, public officials and workforce partners
2019 MFG Day – register HERE!
Celebrate National Manufacturing Day! Please join us for this Lunch and Learn Event as we share the impact that Advanced Manufacturing has on it area each day. Tours will be available, along with lunch, provided by Okie Dokie’s Food truck.
Construction Career Day will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, October 15th and 16th at the Haywood County Fairgrounds, located at 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville, NC 28785. The goals of the event are to raise awareness of the industry’s numerous careers and show the benefits and career mobility that exists within the industry; connect with local talent to focus on recruitment and retention; and promote the current job openings in the industry.
Construction Career Day is being presented by Vannoy Construction and is sponsored by the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, SteelFab, Inc, Tennoca Construction Company, Haynes Electric, Harrison Construction, Emory Electric, North Carolina Home Builders Association, and AB Tech. The free event will connect local employers offering construction career opportunities with job seekers.
Activities will begin at 9:00 am for high school students
and end at 1:00 pm and this time slot is closed to the general public. On Tuesday, October 15th, from 2:00 pm until
4:00 pm, the event will be open to post-secondary students and the general
public wishing to learn more about construction careers in their area.
School systems from the Western North Carolina area have been invited, as well as, all local community colleges and universities. Over 800 high school students are projected to attend.
Our region’s construction sector is growing and Construction Career Day will highlight many local career opportunities available in this sector.
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Mountain Area Workforce Development Board is honored to receive a NADO 2019 Impact Award for “Mountain Area Careers.” Mountain Area Careers shares our region’s career pathways and connects talent to local jobs.
“Congratulations to the 2019 NADO Impact Awards recipients! The Impact Awards program honors NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional community and economic development and improved quality of life. These projects have made significant impacts on their regions and demonstrate the diversity of services and program delivery provided by regional development organizations across the country.”
Buncombe County ranked #47 (top 14%) out of the 350 largest counties in the nation for wage growth from Q4 2017 to Q4 2018. Wages increased 5.2% during this time period in Buncombe County. The national average was 3.2%. Buncombe ranked #4 in the state for wage growth behind Wake, Cumberland and Durham Counties.
During this time period Buncombe ranked #86 (top 25%) out of the 350 largest counties in the nation for job growth. Jobs grew by 1.9% in Buncombe from Q4 2017 to Q4 2018 compared to the national average of 1.5%. Buncombe ranked #6 in job growth during this time period behind Cabarrus, Durham, New Hanover, Pitt and Mecklenburg Counties. Buncombe County is the only county in our region in the top 350 most populous counties in the nation.
NCWorks Commission approved the Energy Career Pathway for our region at their meeting in Charlotte on August 7.
This career pathway covers 21 counties, the region from the Asheville metro to the Charlotte metro served by Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board, Region C Workforce Development Board, Gaston Workforce Development Board, Centralina Workforce Development Board and Charlotte Works.
The energy industry employs 62,400 people in the region in 14 key occupations, the job growth in this sector is expected to be at 8.1% between 2018 – 2023 creating a demand for 5,000 jobs.
As of June 2019, 7,500 more jobs in our region and 10,073 more people working compared to June 2018. Total regional employment 222,524.
For June 2019, our region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties) continues to have the lowest unemployment rate at in NC at 3.6%, Buncombe County has the lowest rate of any county in NC at 3.4% Henderson County is the #2 lowest rate in the state at 3.8%. Madison County is at 4.2% and Transylvania County is at 4.3%. All four counties in our region are below the state unemployment rate for May 2019 of 4.4%.
For 52 consecutive months Buncombe County has maintained the lowest unemployment rate of any NC county and for 52 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.
There are 8,345 unemployed individuals in our region as of June 2019 compared to 7,205 unemployed individuals as of June 2018. The unemployment rate in June 2018 was 3.3%.
The Asheville metro (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison Counties) continues to have the lowest unemployment rate of any NC metro at 3.6%. Since June 2018 our region has 7,500 more jobs (3.6% increase) in the metro and 10,073 more people are working.
In the past year since June 2018, the following sectors added jobs: Manufacturing (1,500 jobs), Trade Transportation & Utilities (1,600 jobs), Mining, Logging & Construction (800 jobs), Other Services (200 jobs), Education & Health Services (3,000 jobs), and Professional & Business Services (800 jobs) and Financial Activities (200 jobs). Information was unchanged compared to one year ago. Leisure & Hospitality (-800 jobs) lost jobs compared to one year ago.
All sectors except Leisure & Hospitality and Information showed positive job growth in the past year. Manufacturing continues to be a consistent leader in our year-over-year job growth. Mining, Logging & Construction sector saw the largest growth rate in the past year at 8.1% followed by Education & Health Services at 7.9% and Manufacturing at 6.9%.
The Asheville metro has seen the highest percentage growth in employment in the past year of all NC metros.