Mountain Area Works Highlights
  • Labor Market Update February 2021 - AVL metro 5.1%
  • Land of Sky Regional Council COVID19 call is tomorrow, Thursday, April 8 at 1:00 pm
  • LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report
  • U.S.'s Long Drought in Worker Productivity Could Be Ending
  • What Works in Workforce? The Impact of Apprenticeship on Laid-Off Workers
  • Staffing an obstacle for Asheville restaurant owners as COVID-19 restrictions ease
  • Omni Grove Park Inn looking to add staff to hotel operations
  • ConMet now recruiting manufacturing positions, starting at $17 an hour
  • EDPNC: Pratt & Whitney Case Study
  • Experienced Worker Initiative (EWI) - Spotlight on Local Workforce Innovations
  • WNC Career Expo - April 14 - 16 virtual, April 15 in-person
  • To help increase educational attainment and meet workforce needs help make the Land of Sky region First in FASFA
  • Gardner-Webb Career and Internship Fair virtual (April 7) and in-person (April 13)
  • Small Business Asset Map
  • NC unemployment rate drops to 5.7% in February
  • 2,767 individuals filed an unemployment claim in our region for January 2021
  • Many employers in WNC are still hiring
  • Land of Sky Regional Council COVID19 Resources
  • NCWorks: Work on What's Next
  • Mountain Area Careers
Labor Market Update
As of February 2021, -12,300 less jobs in our region and 12,864 less people working compared to January 2020. Compared to the previous month of January 2021, 800 more jobs and 2,172 more people working.
Mountain Area region unemployment rate at 5.1%


For February 2021, our region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties) unemployment rate declined to 5.1%. Transylvania County and Henderson County now has the lowest unemployment rates in the region at 4.9%.  Buncombe County's unemployment rate declined to 5.1%. Henderson County's unemployment rate declined to 5.2%. Madison County's unemployment rate declined to to 5.2%.All counties in our region are below the state average of 5.6%.

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 10,960 unemployed individuals in our region compared to 11,658 unemployed individuals in our region in January, unemployed individuals in December, 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 1/3 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 5.1%, #3 lowest of any NC metro
Asheville metro now (as of February 2021) has the #3 lowest unemployment of any NC metro at 5.1%. This rate is 3.1% higher than the metro unemployment rate of 2.6% 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 5.2%

Haywood 5.1%

Henderson 4.9%
Madison 5.2%

Transylvania 4.9%

Compared to February 2020, the Asheville metro lost 12,300 jobs and compared to January 2021 the Asheville metro gained 800 jobs.

Compared to February 2020, the Leisure & Hospitality sector lost 21.8% (-6,400 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Other Services lost 10.9% (-1.100 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Information lost 15.0% (-300 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Manufacturing lost 4.1% (-900 jobs)of the total jobs in the sector, Government lost 5.9% (-1,600 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, and Education & Health Services lost 5.9% (-1,800 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector. Mining Logging & Construction lost 2.1% (-200 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector and Professional & Business Services added 2.2% (400 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Financial Activities lost 3.1% (-200 jobs) and Trade, Transportation & Utilities lost 0.6% (-200 jobs) compared one year ago.

Asheville metro has the greatest percentage job losses (-6.2%) in NC in the past year. Year over Year job growth by metro (all NC metros have experienced job declines in the past year):

  1. Jacksonville -1.4%
  2. Burlington -2.5%
  3. Greenville -2.7%
  4. Hickory/Lenoir Morganton -3.0%
  5. Raleigh -3.2%
  6. Rocky Mount -3.6%
  7. New Bern -3.8%
  8. Wilmington -4.1%
  9. Charlotte/Concord/Gastonia -4.2%
  10. Durham/Chapel Hill -4.2%
  11. Winston-Salem -4.7%
  12. Fayetteville -5.0%
  13. Goldsboro -5.8%
  14. Greensobro/High Point -5.9%
  15. Asheville -6.2%
Land of Sky Regional Council COVID19 call tomorrow, Thursday, April 8 at 1 pm
The Land of Sky Regional Council weekly COVID19 call tomorrow will feature a report from Governor Cooper's office and an update from the French Broad Metropolitan Planning Organization regarding our regional transit feasibility study.
Regional Transit Feasibility Study

The second public survey is now OPEN, and runs from March 22nd to April 22nd. Click on the link above to take brief survey (Spanish version available). Please share survey to help the study team get a better understanding of regional transit needs.

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frenchbroadrivermpo.org
LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report
Workplace Learning Report | LinkedIn Learning

The rapid acceleration of automation and economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic will shift the division of labor between humans and machines, causing 85 million jobs to be displaced and 97 million new ones to be created by 2025.

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learning.linkedin.com
U.S.'s Long Drought in Worker Productivity Could Be Ending
U.S.'s Long Drought in Worker Productivity Could Be Ending

After a decadelong drought, worker productivity might be about to accelerate thanks to pandemic-induced technological adoption, which could lift economic growth and wages in coming years while staving off inflation pressure.

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www.wsj.com
What Works in Workforce? The Impact of Apprenticeship on Laid-Off Workers
What Works in Workforce? The Impact of Apprenticeship

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to record-high job losses. The task of identifying programs and services that advance the career prospects of laid-off workers is more important than ever.

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www.nccommerce.com
Omni Grove Park Inn looking to add staff to hotel operations
Omni Grove Park Inn looking to add staff to hotel operations

The Omni Grove Park Inn is looking to add staff in all areas of hotel operations.

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wlos.com
Staffing an obstacle for Asheville restaurant owners as COVID-19 restrictions ease
Staffing an obstacle for Asheville restaurant owners

With expanding capacity and hours, Anderson said many restaurant owners are looking to fill many of the positions that have sat vacant during the pandemic.

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wlos.com
ConMet now recruiting manufacturing positions, starting at $17 an hour
ConMet now recruiting mfg positions, starting at $17/hour

A manufacturing company in the mountains held a job fair on Saturday for those looking for a new career. Caption: ConMet now recruiting manufacturing positions, hosting job fair on Saturday.

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wlos.com
EDPNC: Pratt & Whitney Case Study
Pratt & Whitney Case Study - EDPNC 2020 Annual Report

Jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney’s choice of Asheville for a $650-million, 800-job plant not only marks one of the largest projects ever in WNC but also raises the global profile of the region as a prime location for advanced aviation manufacturing.

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edpnc-emergingstronger.com
Experienced Worker Initiative (EWI) - Spotlight on Local Workforce Innovations
Experienced Workforce Initiative (EWI)

The Experienced Workforce Initiative (EWI) was developed in 2017 by a working group of community partners to reach out to adults 50 and above in Western North Carolina, and particularly in the Asheville metro area.

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www.nccommerce.com
WNC Career Expo
WNC Career Expo

Connect with job seekers at the spring WNC Career Expo: virtual April 14-16, 2021 or in-person Thursday, April 15th. In-person outdoor Career Expo Details: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Rabbit Rabbit (75 Coxe Ave in downtown Asheville) ...

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www.ashevillechamber.org
To increase educational attainment and meet workforce needs help make the Land of Sky region First in FASFA
Gardner-Webb Career and Internship Fair in-person (April 7) and virtual (April 13)
Small Business Resources
Are you a small business owner? If so, check out this infographic of resources available to assist you during COVID-19.
Small Business Resources: Infographic

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES: A GUIDE FOR WNC BUSINESS OWNERS DURING COVID-19. Need Advice? Need Funding? Need Info?

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www.landofsky.org
North Carolina's unemployment rate drops to 5.7% in February
NC unemployment rate decreases for fifth consecutive month

NC's unemployment rate fell for the fifth consecutive month in February, the state Commerce Department said on Friday, as the state economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 recession. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 5.7%...

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wlos.com
North Carolina's February Employment Figures Released

The state's seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, decreasing 0.2 points from January's revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.1 points to 6.2 percent. NC's February 2021 unemployment rate increased 2.1% from a year ago.

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www.nccommerce.com
2,767 people filed for unemployment benefits in our region during January
Buncombe: 2,303

Henderson: 776

Madison: 157

Transylvania: 171

TOTAL: 3,407

Unemployment Claims by Sector in our Region

Leisure & Hospitality 481 (17.4%)
Trade Transportation & Utilities 416 (12.2%)
Unclassified/Unknown 954 (28.0%)
Education & Health Services 324 (6.3%)
Manufacturing 216 (6.5%)
Other Services 95 (2.8%)
Professional & Business Services 290 (8.5%)
Construction 145 (4.3%)
Financial Activities 57 (1.7%)
Information 39 (1.1%)
Public Administration 37 (1.1%)
Natural Resources & Mining 8 (0.2%)
Workbook: Regional UI Dashboard

January 2021

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bi.nc.gov
Many employers in WNC are still hiring
Companies Now Hiring - English - Updated December 6, 2020



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www.landofsky.org
Companies Now Hiring - Spanish - Updated December 6, 2020



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Are you an employer who is hiring? If so, let us know so we can highlight your job opportunities.
Contact Barbara Darby, Regional Business Services Coordinator at barbarad@landofsky.org to share our job opportunities and immediate hiring needs.
NCWorks Online - NCWorks COVID-19 Jobs Information Hub

Many businesses across NC need to find new employees quickly because of increased demand. Learn more about who’s hiring and get connected to new job opportunities.

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www.ncworks.gov
Job Posting Data - County Dashboard - Tableau Public



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Home - Mountain Area Workforce Development Board

Click HERE for COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS & BUSINESSES. Mountain Area Workforce Board is a partnership of private business executives & the leading workforce development organizations in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison & Transylvania Counties.

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www.mountainareaworks.org
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