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Latests County Jobless Rate Released – Transylvania County, NC


February 13, 2020

Transylvania County’s jobless rate in December was 3.3 percent up from 3.1 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 December was 3.3 percent, down from 3.4 percent the previous month.

Jobless rates decreased in 45 of the state’s 100 counties in November, increased in 25 and remained the same in the other 30.

Buncombe County’s jobless rate in December was 2.5 percent, the lowest in the state, while Haywood’s was 2.9 percent.

Jackson was at 3.4 percent, and Henderson stood at 2.8 percent.

At 9.7 percent, Hyde County was the highest in the state.

Among the metro areas, Fayetteville had the highest at 4.4 percent. Asheville had the lowest at 2.7 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 December, Ashe’s jobless rate was 3.1 percent; Bladen was 4.2 percent; Cherokee was 3.8 percent; Dare was 4.6 percent; Macon was 3.3 percent; and Montgomery was 3.5 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 95 counties, increased in three and remained the same in two. Transylvania’s jobless rate in December of 2018 was 3.8 percent.

The number of workers employed statewide in December decreased by 27,197 to 4,909,376 while those unemployed decreased by 4,392 to 169,153.


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