Mountain Area Works Highlights
  • Labor Market Update December 2020 - AVL metro 5.5%
  • NC Apprenticeship Accelerator 2.0
  • ReConnect for the Future: A Virtual Emerging Issues Forum
  • Small Business Asset Map
  • NC unemployment rate unchanged at 6.2% in December 2020
  • 2,767 individuals filed an unemployment claim in our region for December 2020
  • 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 December 2020, -16,700 less jobs in our region and 15,964 less people working compared to December 2019. Compared to the previous month of November 2020,1,300 more jobs and 120 less people working.
Mountain Area region unemployment rate at 5.5%


For December 2020, our region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties) unemployment rate declined to 5.5%. Transylvania County now has the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 5.1%.  Buncombe County's unemployment rate declined to 5.6%. Henderson County's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.2%. Madison County's unemployment rate increased to 5.5%.All counties in our region are below the state average of 6.0%.

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 11,549 unemployed individuals in our region in December, that compares with 11,844 unemployed individuals in our region in November, 12,278 unemployed individuals in our region in October,14,536 unemployed individuals in September, 14,395 unemployed individuals in August our region 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 5.5%, #3 lowest of any NC metro
Asheville metro now (as of November 2020) has the #4 lowest unemployment of any NC metro at 5.9%. This rate is 3.1% higher than the metro unemployment rate of 2.6% of one year ago.

Buncombe 5.6%

Haywood 5.6%

Henderson 5.2%
Madison 5.5%

Transylvania 5.1%

Compared to November 2020, the Asheville metro gained 1,300 jobs. Despite this positive monthly job growth of 0.7%, the region is still down 16,700 jobs compared to December 2019 (-8.4%).

Compared to December 2019, the Leisure & Hospitality sector lost 29.1% (-8,600 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Other Services lost 14.0% (-1.300 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Information lost 20.0% (-400 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Manufacturing lost 6.7% (-1,500 jobs)of the total jobs in the sector, Government lost 6.4% (-1,700 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, and Education & Health Services lost 11.0% (-4,200 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector. Mining Logging & Construction added 4.0% (400 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector and Professional & Business Services added 3.3% (600 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector. Financial Activities and Trade, Transportation & Utilities were unchanged from one year ago.

Asheville metro has the greatest percentage job losses (-8.4%) 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 -2.5%
  2. Burlington -3.1%
  3. Raleigh -4.6%
  4. Winston-Salem -4.6%
  5. Durham/Chapel Hill -4.8%
  6. Charlotte/Concord/Gastonia -5.0%
  7. Fayetteville -6.1%
  8. Greenville -6.1%
  9. Rocky Mount -6.6%
  10. New Bern -6.8%
  11. New Bern -6.8%
  12. Greensobro/High Point -6.9%
  13. Wilmington -7.2%
  14. Hickory/Lenoir Morganton -7.8%
  15. Goldsboro -8.2%
  16. Asheville -8.4%
NC Apprenticeship Accelerator 2.0
NC Apprenticeship Accelerator 2.0

Join us Feb. 17 for this virtual event bringing together subject-matter experts in skills-based hiring, assessment, curriculum, work-based learning and economic development. This event is being hosted by ApprenticeshipNC.

Read more
www.apprenticeshipnc.com
ReCONNECT for the Future: A Virtual Emerging Issues Forum
Reconnect for the Future

A pandemic. A recession. A divisive political and racial climate. Our society and our state are struggling. Seven in ten of us say we distrust each other more than we did 20 years ago. Nearly half of us say we are feeling hopeless at this moment.

Read more
iei.ncsu.edu
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?

Read more
www.landofsky.org
North Carolina's unemployment rate unchanged at 6.2% in December
North Carolina's December Employment Figures Released

North Carolina’s December 2020 unemployment rate increased 2.6 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 27,571 over the month to 4,702,115 and decreased 215,063 over the year.

Read more
www.wnct.com
North Carolina's December Employment Figures Released

The state's seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, remaining unchanged from November's revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 6.7 percent.

Read more
www.nccommerce.com
2,767 people filed for unemployment benefits in our region during December 2020
Buncombe: 1,847

Henderson: 622

Madison: 137

Transylvania: 161

TOTAL: 2,767

Unemployment Claims by Sector in our Region

Leisure & Hospitality 481 (17.4%)
Trade Transportation & Utilities 307 (11.1%)
Unclassified/Unknown 933 (33.7%)
Education & Health Services 285 (10.3%)
Manufacturing 180 (6.5%)
Other Services 58 (4.3%)
Professional & Business Services 240 (8.7%)
Construction 124 (4.5%)
Financial Activities 48 (1.7%)
Information 25 (0.9%)
Public Administration 41 (1.5%)
Natural Resources & Mining 5 (0.2%)
Workbook: Regional UI Dashboard

December 2020

Read more
bi.nc.gov
Many employers in WNC are still hiring
Companies Now Hiring - October 5, 2020

Local firms now hiring include Always Best Care Senior Services, Advanced Superabrasives, Advent Health, Aeroflow, Amazon, Arcadia, Asheville City Schools, Autobell, Baxter Healthcare, Billy Graham Training Ctr, Blk Mtn Neuro Treatment Ctr & more.

Read more
www.landofsky.org
Companies Now Hiring - In Spanish - Updated October 6, 2020



Read more
www.landofsky.org
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.

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



Read more
public.tableau.com
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
www.mountainareacareers.org