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Transylvania Jobless Rate Stood At 5.1 Percent – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 2/3/2021 at 3:28pm

Transylvania County’s jobless rate in December was 5.1 percent, up from 4.8 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 December was 6 percent, the same as the previous month.

Jobless rates increased in 55 of the state’s 100 counties in December.

Watauga County had the lowest jobless rate in December at 4.3 percent, while Scotland County had the highest at 10.2 percent.

Buncombe was at 5.6 percent, and Haywood was at 5.6 percent.

Jackson was at 5.4 percent, and Henderson stood at 5.2 percent.

Among the metro areas, Fayetteville had the highest at 8.2 percent.

Raleigh and Durham-Chapel Hill had the lowest at 5.2 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 4.8 percent; Bladen was 6.4 percent; Cherokee was 6.1 percent; Dare was 7.6 percent; Macon was 5.2 percent; and Montgomery was 6.1 percent.

Transylvania’s jobless rate in December of 2019 was 3.3 percent.

The number of workers employed statewide in December decreased by 3,616 to 4,681,331 while those unemployed de-creased by 3,503 to 297,387.

Since December 2019, the number of workers employed statewide in North Carolina decreased by 221,241, while those unemployed increased by 129,132.


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