Mountain Area Works Highlights
  • Labor Market Update April 2021 - AVL metro 3.9% #3 lowest in NC
  • $17 per hour and Beyond Job Fair
  • Land of Sky Regional Council COVID19 call is TODAY, Thursday, May 27 at 1:00 pm
  • Demographic Drought - How the Approaching Sansdemic Will Transform the Labor Market for the Rest of Our Lives
  • Restaurant industry veterans reassess career choices post-pandemic
  • Mountain Area Comprehensive Regional and Local Workforce Plan 2020-2024 is now available for public comment
  • Please respond to My Future NC/Land of Sky Human Talent Survey
  • Labor force shortage isn't easy to explain
  • Employers: Four Strategies for Hiring in a Tight Labor Market
  • NC's unemployment rate falls for the seventh consecutive month
  • 3,021 individuals filed an unemployment claim in our region for March 2021
  • Land of Sky Regional Council COVID19 Resources
  • NCWorks: Work on What's Next
  • Mountain Area Careers
Labor Market Update
As of April 2021, 24,000 more jobs in our region and 37,436 more people working compared to April 2020. Compared to the previous month of March 2021, 200 fewer jobs and 292 less people working.
Mountain Area region unemployment rate at 3.8%
For April 2021, our region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties) unemployment rate declined to 3.8%. Transylvania County and Henderson County now has the lowest unemployment rates in the region at 3.6%.  Buncombe County's unemployment rate declined to 3.9%. Madison County's unemployment rate declined to to 3.8%. All counties in our region are below the state average of 4.4%.

Our region's streak of maintaining the lowest unemployment rate in NC ended in April 2020. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic our region's unemployment rate was second highest in NC, now our region has the #3 lowest unemployment rate in NC. For  61  consecutive months Buncombe County had maintained the lowest unemployment rate of any NC county and for 61 consecutive months the Mountain Area Workforce region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties) as well as the Asheville metro had maintained the lowest unemployment rate of any NC region.

There are 8,137 unemployed individuals in our region in April compared to 8,846 unemployed individuals in March, compared to 10,960 unemployed individuals in February, 11,658 unemployed individuals in January, 11,844 unemployed individuals in November, 12,278 unemployed individuals in October,14,536 unemployed individuals in September, 14,395 unemployed individuals in August and 19,886 unemployed individuals in July. The good news is that the number of unemployed individuals in our region is about 1/4 what it was in the spring. There were 33,035 unemployed individuals in our region for May 2020 and 32,255 unemployed individuals in our region in April 2020.
Asheville metro unemployment rate at 3.9%, #3 lowest of any NC metro
Asheville metro now (as of April 2021) has the #3 lowest unemployment of any NC metro at 3.9%. This rate is 14.1% lower than the metro unemployment rate of 17.0% of one year ago. The Asheville metro had the greatest percentage decrease in employment in North Carolina in the past year at 6.2% decline.

Buncombe 3.8%

Haywood 3.9%

Henderson 3.6%
Madison 3.8%

Transylvania 3.6%

Compared to April 2020, the Asheville metro added 24,000 jobs and compared to March 2021 the Asheville metro lost 200 jobs.

Compared to April 2021, the Leisure & Hospitality sector added 89.8% (11,400 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Other Services added 29.6% (2,100 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Information added 6.3% (100 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Manufacturing added 9.2% (1,800 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Government lost 1.1% (-300 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Education & Health Services added 5.8% (1,900 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector. Mining Logging & Construction added 5.5% (500 jobs), Professional & Business Services added 14.2% (2,300 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Financial Activities added 6.8% (400 jobs) and Trade, Transportation & Utilities added 12.2% (3,800 jobs) compared one year ago.

Asheville metro has the #2 greatest increase in jobs (14.8%) in NC in the past year. Year over Year job growth by metro (all NC metros have experienced job gains in the past year):

  1. Wlmington 15.4%
  2. Asheville 14.8%
  3. Hickory/Lenoir/Morganton 13.8%
  4. Burlington 11.8%
  5. Raleigh 11.6%
  6. Jacksonville 11.4%
  7. Greenville 10.9%
  8. Charlotte/Concord/Gastonia 10.0%
  9. Winston-Salem 9.9%
  10. Greensboro/High Point 9.3%
  11. New Bern 7.8%
  12. Durham/Chapel Hill 7.0%
  13. Fayetteville 6.8%
  14. Rocky Mount 5.9%
  15. Goldsboro 1.6%
$17 per hour and Beyond Job Fair
Land of Sky Regional COVID19 call TODAY, Thursday, June 3 at 1 pm
The weekly Land of Sky Regional Council COVID19 call is TODAY, Thursday, June 3 at 1:00 pm.

The call features a report from the Governor's office and a legislative update from EQV Strategic. We will review various funding plans from the American Recovery Plan along with funding proposals from the Governor and legislature regarding broadband, transportation, education and workforce development among many other critical priorities.
The Demographic Drought - How the Approaching Sansdemic Will Transform the Labor Market for the Rest of Our Lives
Demographic Drought - Emsi

"In a human capital economy, people are the key ingredient-a truth that will become only more apparent during the coming sansdemic. Every student, every employee, every potential employee is valuable."

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economicmodeling.com
Restaurant industry veterans reassess career choices post-pandemic
Restaurant industry veterans reassess career choices

During their pandemic downtime, many jobless food and beverage workers, supported by robust unemployment benefits, re-examined their choice of profession. Long-acknowledged industry downsides exacerbated by the pandemic prompted some to research...

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mountainx.com
Mountain Area Comprehensive Regional and Local Area Workforce Plan 2020-2024 is now available for public comment
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board Comprehensive Four-Year Regional and Local Workforce Development Plan for Program Years 2020-24 is available for public comment beginning on Thursday, May 20, 2020. Public comment will be received for the next thirty (30) days until June 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm. All public comments shall be sent to zia@landofsky.org or to Zia Rifkin, Administrative Services, Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, Land of Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, Asheville, NC 28806.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires each local Workforce Development Board (WDB) to develop and submit to the state, in partnership with the local chief elected official, a comprehensive four-year plan. Annually, each WDB provides updates to the four-year plan. The WIOA Comprehensive Four-Year Plan for Program Years (PY) 2020-2024 is the first year of the comprehensive four-year plan, providing current information and is effective July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. The Comprehensive Four-Year Plan (PY 2020-24) will be maintained and updated as appropriate on an annual basis.
MTN AREA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD PY21/22 PLAN UPDATE

Mountain Area Workforce Development Board Comprehensive Four-Year Regional and Local Workforce Development Plan for Program Years 2020-24 is available for public comment beginning on Thursday, May 20, 2020.

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www.mountainareaworks.org
myFutureNC/Land of Sky Education & Workforce Collaborative Human Talent Survey
The myFutureNC/Land of Sky Educational Attainment and Workforce Collaborative, with the assistance of the Research and Planning Office at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, has created a survey based on the exceptional work previously conducted by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, RTI, NC Chamber and many other regional partners to identify human talent needs of local employers. If you are not the individual involved with identifying hiring needs and/or the hiring decisions, please forward it to the appropriate individual(s).

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, but it will provide the Collaborative with valuable feedback in our efforts to enhance the alignment of educational resources to employers’ human talent needs. This will assist us in making sure that potential employees are receiving training that aligns employment skills with the competencies needed not only for the current workforce, but for the future workforce. Please help us to get this survey into the hands of employers, economic developers, workforce development boards, advisory boards, and others that are assisting with hiring needs.
myFutureNC/Land of Sky Human Talent Survey

Please click on the following link to respond to the survey.

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abtech.az1.qualtrics.com
Land of Sky works to create a land of more opportunity

The Land of Sky Regional Council (LOSRC) first began in 1966. Over the years, it has been responsible for programs and partnerships that work to positively impact the people of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties.

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www.ednc.org
myFutureNC

Together, we can set our state on a path to a more prosperous future. The way forward.

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www.myfuturenc.org
Labor shortage isn't easy to explain
Labor shortage isn't easy to explain

The help wanted signs around Haywood are so ubiquitous they almost go unnoticed, and jobs are so plentiful employers are thinking outside the box to attract employees. That includes holding job fairs, raising wages and offering signing bonuses.

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www.themountaineer.com
Employers: Four Strategies for Hiring in a Tight Labor Market
4 Strategies for Hiring in a Tight Labor Market - Indeed

With so many opportunities for job seekers, recruiting and hiring pose new challenges for employers. It seems that almost every week there's another article in the news about how tight the labor market is.

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www.hiringlab.org
North Carolina's unemployment rate drops for the seventh consecutive month
State unemployment rate hits another COVID-19 low

NC's unemployment rate has reached another COVID-19 post-lockdown low, even as overall job growth is somewhat uneven, April's seasonally adjusted state jobless rate was 5%, marking a decline for a seventh consecutive month.

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www.wxii12.com
North Carolina's March Employment Figures Released

The state's seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 5.2%%, decreasing 0.5 of a % point from February's revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a % point to 6.0%. North Carolina's March 2021 rate increased 1.3% from a year ago.

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www.nccommerce.com
3,021 people filed for unemployment benefits in our region during March
Buncombe: 2,160

Henderson: 624

Madison: 106

Transylvania: 131

TOTAL: 3,021

Unemployment Claims by Sector in our Region

Leisure & Hospitality 1,087 (36.0%)
Trade Transportation & Utilities 455 (15.1%)
Unclassified/Unknown 256 (8.5%)
Education & Health Services 322 (10.7%)
Manufacturing 234 (7.7%)
Other Services 118 (3.9%)
Professional & Business Services 299 (9.9%)
Construction 104 (3.4%)
Financial Activities 83 (2.7%)
Information 29 (1.0%)
Public Administration 29 (1.0%)
Natural Resources & Mining 5 (0.2%)
Workbook: Regional UI Dashboard

March 2021

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bi.nc.gov
Land of Sky Regional COVID-19 Response Resources
COVID19 Resources and Updates

The focus of Land of Sky Regional Council is supporting our region's response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and the resulting economic crisis. All program work will take place remotely and staff is teleworking when possible.

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www.landofsky.org
Mountain Area Careers
NC Jobs | Mountain Area Careers | Western North Carolina

Create Your Future in the Mountains of Western North Carolina. Find jobs from great employers. Earn a steady living and advance your career.

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www.mountainareacareers.org