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County Jobless Numbers Increase To 4.6 Percent


March 21, 2019

Transylvania County’s jobless rate in January was 4.6 percent, up from 3.8 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 4.5 percent, up from 3.8 percent in December.

Transylvania’s jobless rate in January of 2018 was 4.7 percent. Jobless rates increased in all of the state’s 100 counties in January.

Buncombe County’s jobless rate in January was 3.4 percent, the lowest in the state, while Haywood’s was 3.9 percent.

Jackson was at 5.3 percent, and Henderson stood at 3.8 percent.

At 13.3 percent, Hyde County was the highest in the state.

Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount had the highest at 6 percent. Asheville had the lowest at 3.6 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 January, Ashe’s jobless rate was 4.8 percent; Bladen was 6 percent; Cherokee was 5.5 percent; Dare was 8.9 percent; Macon was 5 percent; and Montgomery was 4.3 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 67 counties, increased in 17 and remained unchanged in 16.

The number of workers employed statewide in January decreased by 13,492 to 4,767,612, while those unemployed increased by 40,189 to 225,345.


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