Mountain Area Works Highlights

  • Asheville metro 2.9% unemployment rate for July 2022
  • Labor Market Report Demonstrates Why Support Is Needed To Increase The Supply of Workers through reskilling, childcare, mobility, and more
  • Choosing Your Own Hours Isn't Just For Remote Workers
  • Coolest Thing Made In NC
  • "Being part of the community" leads to alumni impact at Blue Ridge Community College
  • You Decide: Will We Have the First Full Employment Recession
  • State of Our Workforce WNC survey results from 795 employers released
  • Labor market still in throes of a "talent war" and "effective minimum wage now $15 - $18"
  • It's Harder Than Ever To Get Fired. Customer Service Is Taking A Hit.
  • Pandemic Shifts in Black Employment and Wages
  • Over 2 Million Workers Aren't Working Due To Long Covid
  • Dogwood Health Trust releases early childhood education data
  • From Disconnection to Opportunity: Youth Labor Force Engagement in North Carolina
  • Second-Chance Hiring: Fifth District Efforts to Improve Post-Incarceration Outcomes
  • Most Workers Who Lost Their Job During the COVID-19 Recession in North Carolina Were Quickly Re-Employed
  • NCWorks Commission certifies region's NCWorks Career Centers
  • Asheville metro unemployment rate June 2022 at 3.4%, lowest in NC, #1 in state for increase in jobs since June 2021
  • NCWorks Career Center Asheville workshops August and September 2022
  • NC's July Employment Figures Released
  • 289 individuals filed an unemployment claim in our region for June 2022
  • NCWorks: Work on What's Next
  • Mountain Area Careers
Labor Market Update
Unemployment rate in Mountain Area region 2.9% as of July 2022. As of July 2022, 9,683 more people working compared to July 2021. 1,893 more people working compared to June 2022.

6,562 unemployed individuals in July 2022, 7,591 unemployed individuals in June 2022, 6,792 unemployed individuals in May 2022, 6,198 unemployed individuals in April 2022, 6,347 unemployed individuals in March 2022, 6,603 unemployed individuals in February 2022 compared to 6,669 in January 2022, compared to 5,584 in December 2021 compared to 6,038 in November 2021 compared to 6,547 in October 2021 6,917 in September 2021.

Total Labor Force 222,885.
Total Employed Labor Force 216,323.

Our region has completely recovered the labor force compared to prepandemic. Labor force before the pandemic was 219,952. We are 2,933 workers above the labor force prior to the pandemic. Our region is also above by 2,977 jobs of the numbers of individuals employed prior 213,346 to the pandemic.
Mountain Area WDB unemployment rate
Mountain Area WDB Labor Force
Mountain Area WDB Employed Individuals
Mountain Area WDB Unemployed Individuals
Asheville MSA Jobs
Asheville MSA Industry Jobs Compared To One Year Ago
Mountain Area WDB Job Openings
Mountain Area WDB Taxable Retail Sales
Asheville metro unemployment rate at 2.9%, lowest of any NC metro
Asheville metro now (as of July 2022) the lowest unemployment of any NC metro at 2.9%. This rate is 1.5% points lower than the metro unemployment rate of 4.4% of one year ago.
 
Buncombe 2.9%
Haywood 3.0%
Henderson 3.0%
Madison 3.3%
Transylvania 3.1%

All counties in our region are in the top 30 in NC for lowest unemployment rate. Buncombe has lowest unemployment rate in NC for any county.
 
Year over Year job growth by metro:
 
  1. Goldsboro 1.0%
  2. Burlington 0.9%
  3. Jacksonville 0.8%
  4. Asheville 0.7%
  5. Charlotte/Concord/Gastonia 0.7%
  6. Rocky Mount 0.7%
  7. Winston-Salem 0.7%
  8. Durham/Chapel Hill 0.7%
  9. Fayetteville 0.6%
  10. Raleigh 0.5%
  11. Greensboro/High Point 0.4%
  12. New Bern 0.4%
  13. Hickory/Lenoir/Morganton 0.3%
  14. Wilmington 0.1%
  15. Greenville 0.0%
NC Today | LEAD Analytics

July 2022 Data

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Labor Market Report Demonstrates Why Support Is Needed To Increase The Supply of Workers through reskilling, childcare, mobility, and more.
U.S. Job Openings Rose in July as Hiring Accelerated

Ms. Pollak said she expects the number of times workers quit their jobs, which reached 4.2 million in July, to remain elevated as a result of the impact of remote work. Quitting picked up in 2021 as job openings increased.

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Choosing Your Own Hours Isn't Just for Remote Workers
Choosing Your Own Hours Isn't Just for Remote Workers

It isn't just remote workers who have gained leverage over when they work. Shift workers such as assemblers & hotel maids are also getting more flexibility to set their own hours as the pandemic & historically tight labor market change the economy.

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Coolest Thing Made In North Carolina features Western NC products
Byers Precision nominated in Coolest Thing Made in NC

Byers Precision Fabricators has been nominated in the statewide competition for the "Coolest Thing Made in NC" contest. The Hendersonville-based company is in the running with 80 other NC businesses, for its Arras Hotel Architectural Panels.

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Coolest Thing Made in NC: Vote Now!

Byers Precision Hotel Arras Fabricated Panels

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Coolest Thing Made in NC: Vote Now!

Transylvania 'Vocational Services SuperCereal Plus

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Moog Etherwave Theremin

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Coolest Thing Made in NC: Vote Now!

Shibumi Shade Headquartered in Raleigh, hand-sewn in Asheboro and Asheville, N.C.

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Coolest Thing Made in NC: Vote Now!

North Carolina has much to be proud of, especially when it comes to the products it manufactures. Celebrate the Tar Heel State's creativity, innovation, and talent by nominating your favorite made-in-NC product.

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"Being part of the community" leads to alumni impact at Blue Ridge Community College
'Being part of the community' leads to alumni impact at BRCC

Poeta owns Horizon Heating and Air Conditioning...He asked his employer if he could take the apprenticeship program at Blue Ridge for heating and air. They paid for the course and the books.

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www.ednc.org
You Decide: Will We Have the First Full Employment Recession?
Will We Have the First Full Employment Recession?

While the economy has met one litmus test for a recession of two consecutive quarters of negative growth in GDP doubters point to the still strong job market.

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cals.ncsu.edu
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
Labor market still in throes of a "talent war" and "effective minimum wage now $15 - $18"
Labor market still in throes of 'talent war'

With the lowest unemployment rate in the state - 3.4% - and thousands of jobs going unfilled, the regional job market remains a tough nut to crack for employers, who just can't find enough workers.

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www.citizen-times.com
It's Harder Than Ever To Get Fired. Blame The Tight Jobs Market.
Customer Service Is in Decline. Blame the Tight Jobs Market.

You wouldn’t know it, given all the headlines about tech layoffs. But nationwide layoffs and firings are at an all-time low—under 1.4 million per month on average so far in 2022, compared with a prepandemic average of 1.9 million.

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www.barrons.com
Pandemic Shifts in Black Employment and Wages
Pandemic Shifts in Black Employment and Wages

Notably, both Black women and men have seen larger rises in employment and labor force participation since the recession’s end ... and their labor market recovery is occurring at a much faster pace than it did in the previous three business cycles.

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www.whitehouse.gov
Over 2 Million Workers Aren't Working Due To Long Covid
Over 2 Million Americans Aren't Working Due to Long Covid

Between two million and four million Americans aren't working due to the long-term effects of Covid-19, according to a new Brookings Institution report released Wednesday. The inability to work translates to roughly $170 billion a year in lost wages.

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www.wsj.com
Dogwood Health Trust releases early childhood education data
Dogwood Health Trust releases early childhood education data

The 66-page report depicts the landscape for working parents of children younger than 6 in WNC, early childhood education options and the education level and compensation of early childhood education providers.

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mountainx.com
From Disconnection to Opportunity: Youth Labor Force Engagement in North Carolina
From Disconnection to Opportunity: Youth Labor Force

For disengaged youth, disconnection from both school and the workforce can be damaging to future outcomes.

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www.nccommerce.com
Second-Chance Hiring: Fifth District Efforts to Improve Post-Incarceration Outcomes
Second-Chance Hiring: Improve Post-Incarceration Outcomes

Where job postings significantly exceed the number of people actively seeking employment, previously incarcerated individuals represent an important source of labor that both states and institutions are increasingly interested in engaging.

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www.richmondfed.org
Most Workers Who Lost Their Job During the COVID-19 Recession in North Carolina Were Quickly Re-Employed
Most Workers Who Lost Their Job Were Quickly Re-Employed

NC saw a record-high number of layoffs during the COVID-19 recession. However, the vast majority of workers who lost their job were quickly re-employed, with most of them returning to their pre-layoff industry sector and their pre-layoff employer.

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NCWorks Commission certifies region's NCWorks Career Centers
NC Department of Commerce Secretary Machelle Sanders, NC Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Solutions, Western Prosperity Zone Regional Operations Director Tim Mathis, Mountain Area Workforce Development Board Workforce Operations Melissa Wright, NCWorks Commission Chair Tom Rabon
NCWorks Commission

The NCWorks Commission recommends policies and strategies that enable the state's workforce and businesses to compete in the global economy. The Commission is designated as the state's Workforce Development Board under the federal law.

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NCWorks Career Center Asheville workshops August and September 2022
289 people filed for unemployment benefits in our region June 2022
Buncombe: 214

Henderson: 59

Madison: 8

Transylvania: 8

TOTAL: 289

Unemployment Claims by Sector in our Region

Leisure & Hospitality 43 (14.9%)
Trade Transportation & Utilities 50 (17.3%)
Unclassified/Unknown 27 (9.3%)
Educational & Health Services 58 (20.1%)
Manufacturing 26 (9.0%)
Other Services 9 (3.1%)
Professional & Business Services 45 (15.6%)
Construction 12 (4.2%)
Financial Activities 10 (3.5%)
Information (Not disclosed)
Public Administration (Not disclosed)
Natural Resources & Mining 0 (0.0%)
Workbook: Regional UI Dashboard

June 2022

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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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