Ashe unemployment rate better than state average

RALEIGH-Ashe County’s unemployment rate in November fell to its lowest level since spring, according to new data released last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

According to statistics, out of Ashe County’s nearly 12,300 person labor force, less than 660, or 5.3 percent, were unemployed in November.

That’s a slight .1 percent improvement from October’s numbers, and a .2 percent improvement from the same month last year.

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 38 of North Carolina’s counties in November, decreased in 37, and remained unchanged in 25. Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.1 percent.

Two of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases while nine decreased and four remained unchanged. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.6 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.3 percent. The November not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.5 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased in 63 counties, decreased in 23, and remained unchanged in 14. Ten metro areas experienced rate increases over the year while three decreased and two remained unchanged.

The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in November by more than 2,700 to 4,526,140 while those unemployed decreased by nearly 1,600 to 261,097. Since November 2014, the number of workers employed statewide increased by more than 127,300, while those unemployed increased 11,705.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016 when the state unemployment rate for December 2015 will be released.

This information may be accessed on the Commerce website at
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