Mountain Area Works Highlights

 
  • Asheville metro 2.7% unemployment rate for September 2022
  • Mountain Area Workforce Development Board receives over $1.3 million to support small businesses, re-entry and substance use disorder recovery
  • Help families claim the child tax credit
  • Economic development: Training the workforce, North Carolina takes a proactive approach to creating an abundant labor market
  • Register for the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board 2022 Recognition Luncheon - December 13
  • Even with some energy sapped, labor market keeps powering ahead
  • Asheville cost of living still tops in the state, while wages lag
  • Asheville brewing industry on back end of pandemic woes, concerned about what's next
  • Governor Proclaims Workforce Development Professionals Month
  • Partnership celebrates 10 years of Made in Henderson County on National Manufacturing Day
  • Celebrating Madison County
  • Asheville sees tech startup growth. Hurting cost of living? Local experts weigh in
  • More employers looking for 'skills-first' hires, data shows
  • WNC Career Expo attracts about 350 job seekers
  • Vacancies show a hot labor market. But they could overstate how hot.
  • BE PRO BE PROUD
  • NC unemployment rate rises - for second straight month - now 3.6%
  • State of Our Workforce WNC survey results from 795 employers released
  • NCWorks Career Center Asheville workshops November and December 2022
  • NCWorks: Work on What's Next
  • Mountain Area Careers
Labor Market Update
Unemployment rate in Mountain Area region 2.7% as of September 2022. As of September 2022, 7,983 more people working compared to September 2021. 2,734 more people working compared to August 2022.

Unemployed Individuals by month:

September 2022 5,953
August 2022 6,938
July 2022 6,562
June 2022 7,591
May 2022 6,792
April 2022 6,198
March 2022 6,347
February 2022 6,603
January 2022 6,669
December 2021 5,584
November 2021 6,038
October 2021 6,547
September 2021 6,917

Total Labor Force 221,411
Total Employed Labor Force 215,458
NC's September County and Area Unemployment Figures Released

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 99 of NC's counties in September and increased in one. Warren County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.6 percent while Orange and Buncombe Counties each had the lowest at 2.6%.

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www.commerce.nc.gov
Asheville MSA Jobs
Asheville MSA Industry Jobs Compared to One Year Ago
Unemployed Individuals
Unemployment Rate
Labor Force
Employed Individuals
Job Openings on NCWorks.gov
Taxable Retail Sales
Asheville metro unemployment rate at 2.7%, lowest of any NC metro
Asheville metro now (as of September 2022) the lowest unemployment of any NC metro at 2.7% (tied with Durham-Chapel Hill). This rate is 0.7% points lower than the metro unemployment rate of 3.4% of one year ago.
 
Buncombe 2.6%
Haywood 2.7%
Henderson 2.8%
Madison 3.0%
Transylvania 3.0%

Monthly job growth by metro:
 
  1. Wilmington 1.1%
  2. Asheville 0.9%
  3. Charlotte/Concord/Gastonia 0.5%
  4. Durham/Chapel Hill 0.5%
  5. Raleigh 0.4%
  6. Greenville 0.2%
  7. Jacksonville 0.2%
  8. Fayetteville 0.1%
  9. Winston-Salem 0.1%
  10. New Bern 0.0%
  11. Greensboro/High Point -0.2%
  12. Rocky Mount -0.2%
  13. Burlington -0.3%
  14. Hickory/Lenoir/Morganton -0.3%
  15. Goldsboro -1.0%
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board receives over $1.3 million to support small businesses, re-entry and substance use disorder recovery
Gov Cooper Announces $8.45m in Workforce Development Grants

NC Dept of Commerce has awarded 20 special grants to 11 local workforce dev boards, totaling $8.45m, Governor Cooper announced today. Boards will use grants to help jobseekers & small biz w/ training & other srvcs in response to a tight labor mrkt.

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www.commerce.nc.gov
Help families claim the child tax credit
reFund NC - Meals4Families

Since launching in May 2022, has already helped North Carolina families: As many as 50,000 North Carolina children have not received the Child Tax Credit. This means NC families are missing out on thousand of dollars.

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meals4families.community
Economic Development: Training the workforce, North Carolina takes a proactive approach to creating an abundant labor market
Econ development:Training workforce takes proactive approach

North Carolina’s regional Workforce Development Boards play an integral role in helping businesses find workers.

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businessnc.com
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board 2022 Recognition Luncheon
You are invited to join us for the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board 2022 Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Virginia Boone Building, WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher, NC.

A catered lunch will be provided from Red Radish. Join us as we recognize outstanding employers, workforce leaders, workforce development professionals, program participants and more.
Even with some energy sapped, labor market keeps powering ahead
Even With Some Energy Sapped Labor Mrkt Keeps Powering Ahead

After the shock of last month's report, the September JOLTS data is returning to a familiar story: demand for workers remains robust. Demand for workers remains robust with the latest data showing roughly 1.9 job openings for every unemployed worker.

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www.hiringlab.org
Asheville cost of living still tops in the state, while wages lag
AVL metro cost of living still tops in NC, while wages lag

With a cost of living index rating of 106, with 100 being average, AVL is most expensive place in the state to live among metro areas participating in the most recent C2ER Cost of Living survey, as provided by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

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www.citizen-times.com
Asheville's brewing industry on back end of pandemic woes, concerned about what's next
Asheville's brewing industry on back end of pandemic woes

Breweries, an Asheville industry with nearly a $1 billion economic impact on the region pre-pandemic, has bounced back after the COVID-19 effects, some of which are still impacting the industry, business leaders say . . .

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www.citizen-times.com
Governor Proclaims Workforce Development Professionals Month
Governor Proclaims Workforce Development Professionals Month



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governor.nc.gov
Partnership celebrates 10 years of Made in Henderson County on National Manufacturing Day
Partnership celebrates 10 years of Made in Henderson County

In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development (HCPED), Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS), and three existing industries in Henderson County...

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gohendersoncountync.org
Celebrating Madison County
Asheville sees tech startup growth. Hurting cost of living? Local experts weigh in
Asheville sees tech startup growth. Hurting cost of living?

Asheville has seen an influx of tech startups over the past few years, including two that recently announced a combined $13.6 million in investment from Silicon Valley and beyond.

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www.citizen-times.com
More employers looking for 'skills-first' hires, data shows
More employers looking for 'skills-first' hires, data shows

The pandemic-era job market is continuing to shift. New data shows employers are looking for different skills that have nothing to do with your degree.

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thenationaldesk.com
WNC Career Expo attracts about 350 job seekers
Vacancies show a hot labor market. But they could overstate how hot.
Vacancies show hot labor mrkt. But could overstate how hot.

For most of the past year there have been roughly two open jobs for each person looking for work in the United States. That's good news for workers, millions of whom have found higher wages and new opportunities.

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www.washingtonpost.com
BE PRO BE PROUD North Carolina
BE PRO BE PROUD - North Carolina

There are thousands of opportunities right here in NC for skilled professionals. And this is where you'll find them. If you've got the talent and the ambition, NC's top employers are looking for you.

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www.beprobeproudnc.org
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NC unemployment rate rises- for second straight month - now 3.6%
NC unemployment rate rose again, now 3.6% | WRAL TechWire

North Carolina's unemployment rate rose to 3.6% in September as the number of people working in the state decreased. And the number of unemployed workers increased in September, as well.

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wraltechwire.com
State of Our Workforce WNC survey results from 795 employers released
  • Overall, respondents to the 2022 survey anticipate hiring between 22,150 and 44,140 total new employees in the next three years.
  • Healthcare and Manufacturing Industry employers anticipate the largest hiring needs.
  • Employers seek workers with degrees and credentials.
  • Employers will rely on on-the-job training to develop and strengthen existing workforces.
  • Employers cite housing cost/availability, wages and child care as the most significant obstacles to talent recruitment and retention.
  • Employers continue to hire through friends and networks, but are also utilizing online job portals to source their talent.
  • The average talent pipeline rating was 2.83 out of 5.
  • Internships are the most preferred method of K-12 student engagement but methods vary by industry. 
The State of Our Workforce: Western NC

Our goal with The State of Our Workforce: Western NC is to identify solutions to close the skills gap and strengthen our local talent pool -which will ensure that companies in our area have the resources and people they need to succeed.

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www.ashevillechamber.org
State of Our Workforce WNC Interactive Dashboard

The survey ran from March 15, 2022 - May 31, 2022.

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public.tableau.com
Challenges mountain biz owners likely to face in coming yrs

A new survey has provided insight into the successes and challenges of the workforce in Western North Carolina.

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wlos.com
NCWorks Career Center Asheville workshops November - December 2022
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