The Transylvania Times -

County Jobless Rate Jumps Up In Most Recent Report

 

March 20, 2017



Transylvania County’s jobless rate in January jumped to 5.7 percent from 4.9 percent the previous month, according to preliminary figures from the state Department of Commerce.

The local jobless numbers only take into account those who qualify for unemployment benefits and have not been seasonally adjusted.

The statewide rate in January was 5.5 percent, also up from 4.9 percent the previous month.

Transylvania’s jobless rate in January of 2016 was 6 percent. Jobless rates increased all of the state’s 100 counties in January.

Buncombe County’s jobless rate in January was 4.3 percent, while Haywood’s was 5.3 percent.

Jackson was at 6.4 percent, and Henderson stood at 4.7 percent. Transylvania had the 42nd lowest jobless rate in the state.

At 16.3 percent, Hyde County was the highest in the state. Buncombe had the lowest rate. All of state’s 15 metro areas experienced rate increases.

Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount had the highest at 7.9 percent. Asheville had the lowest at 4.6 percent. When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 89 counties, increased in five and remained unchanged in six.

The number of workers employed statewide in January decreased by 22,109 to 4,627,7240, while those unemployed increased by 30,930 to 269,270.

Since January 2016, the number of workers employed statewide increased by 104,815 while those unemployed increased by 9,015.

 
 

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