The Transylvania Times -

County Jobless Rate Falls Below 4 Percent - Brevard NC


September 10, 2018

Transylvania County’s jobless rate in July was 3.9 percent, down from 4 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 July was 4.1 percent, down from 4.2 percent in June.

Transylvania’s jobless rate in July of 2017 was 4.5 percent.

Jobless rates decreased in 84 of the state’s 100 counties in July, increased in four and remained unchanged in 12.

Buncombe County’s jobless rate in July was 3.1 percent, the lowest in the state, while Haywood’s was 3.5 percent.

Jackson was at 4.2 percent, and Henderson stood at 3.4 percent.

At 7.8 percent, Scotland County was the highest in the state.

Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount had the highest at 6.1 percent. Asheville had the lowest at 3.3 percent.

The Transylvania Economic Alliance has identified — based on similar population sizes — Ashe, Bladen, Cherokee, Dare, Macon and Montgomery counties as peer counties in the state to measure and compare to how Transylvania is performing.

In July, Ashe’s jobless rate was 3.7 percent; Bladen was 5.4 percent; Cherokee was 4.7 percent; Dare was 3.5 percent; Macon was 3.9 percent; and Montgomery was 4.2 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 99 counties and remained unchanged in one.

The number of workers employed statewide in July increased by 17,530 to 4,846,645 while those unemployed decreased by 6,112 to 206,069.


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