COVID-19 Impacts Jobless Number – 10 Percent
Last updated 6/8/2020 at 6:10pm
Transylvania County unemployment claims went from 593 in March to 1,474 in April this year – a jobless rate of 10 percent, according to the latest unemployment data from the N.C. Department of Commerce.
The rate increase in employment from March to April 2020 represents a jump of 5.8 percentage points.
Comparatively, the April 2019 unemployment data shows 502 people were unemployed in Transylvania County, or 3.5 percent of the labor force.
In an email to the Board of Commissioners, Josh Hallingse, the Transylvania Economic Alliance’s executive director, said May data may be worse bu...