Mountain Area Works Highlights
  • Asheville metro 3.0% unemployment October 2021
  • Mountain Area Workforce Development Board 2021 Virtual Recognition Event is tomorrow, Tuesday, December 7 at 11:00 am
  • Emily Nicholson selected as Executive Director, Land of Sky Educational and Workforce Collaborative
  • Manufacturing Employers explore ideas to solve Workforce Challenges at Talent Summit
  • Asheville ranked #4 in the nation - The New Gold Rush: The Top 10 Cities Job Seekers Are Flocking To
  • Now Hiring: GigPro launches in Asheville, addresses labor shortage in hospitality sector
  • County Tier Rankings Released
  • Pratt & Whitney Community Conversations at Nesbitt Discovery Academy is Thursday, December 16 at 4:00 pm
  • Blue Ridge Community College Health Science Job Fair
  • Appalachian Regional Commission: Philip Cooper, Inspiring Change
  • The Pandemic Hasn't Changed What Matters To Most Employees
  • The Great Transition: Job Openings Decline, but Quits Rise
  • The Labor Shortage That Is Causing More Labor Shortages
  • Pratt & Whitney update
  • Help Really Wanted: No Degree, Work Experience or Background Checks
  • Labor Crisis more than a 'hurricane, toronado, and earthquake rolled into one,' workforce expert says
  • Where are the truck drivers? Shortage Adds to Delivery Delays
  • Workers are in the driver's seat now, but for how long?
  • Indeed: Job Seeker Interest Shifting Toward Higher Wage Jobs
  • What Has Driven the Recent Increase in Retirements?
  • Respond to the NC Business Pulse Survey
  • Growth in the North Carolina Hispanic Workforce 2010-20
  • Millions of Workers Stay Home to Watch Young Children as Daycares Struggle
  • Nearly half of American companies say they are short on skilled workers
  • There are millions of jobs, but a shortage of workers: Economists explain why that's worrying
  • NCWorks Asheville Workshops for Jobseekers in November and December
  • NC's unemployment rate now on a 12-month streak of lower rates
  • 1,535 individuals filed an unemployment claim in our region for September 2021
  • NCWorks: Work on What's Next
  • Mountain Area Careers
Labor Market Update
As of October 2021, 5,931 more people working compared to October 2020. 1,400 more people working compared to September 2021.

6,547 unemployed individuals in October 2021 compared to 6,917 in September 2021.

Total Labor force 215,619.
Mountain Area WDB Labor Market Overview

October 2021 Dashboard from the NC Department of Commerce, Labor & Economic Analysis Division (LEAD)

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Asheville metro unemployment rate at 3.0%, #2 lowest of any NC metro
Asheville metro now (as of October 2021) has the #2 lowest unemployment of any NC metro at 3.0%. This rate is 2.9% points lower than the metro unemployment rate of 5.9% of one year ago.

Buncombe 3.0%

Haywood 3.1%

Henderson 3.0%
Madison 3.1%

Transylvania 3.2%

Compared to October 2020, the Asheville metro added 4,800 jobs and compared to October 2021 the Asheville metro added 2,700 jobs.

Compared to Ocotber 2020, the Leisure & Hospitality sector added 12.2% (2,900 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Other Services added 4.4% (400 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Information added 6.3%(100 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Manufacturing added 5.8% (1,200 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Government added 3.1% (800 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Education & Health Services lost 4.8% (-1,700 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector. Mining Logging & Construction added 3.2% (300 jobs), Professional & Business Services lost 2.7% (500 jobs) of the total jobs in the sector, Financial Activities added 3.2% (200 jobs) and Trade, Transportation & Utilities added 0.3% (100 jobs) compared one year ago.

Asheville metro has the #11 greatest increase in jobs (2.6%) in NC in the past year. Our region's job growth relative to other regions in NC appears to be slowing as the Asheville metro has consistently been near the top of job growth until June 2021. Year over Year job growth by metro:
  1. Wilmington 5.6%
  2. Greenville 5.3%
  3. Raleigh 4.9%
  4. Durham/Chapel Hill 4.8%
  5. Burlington 3.7%
  6. Winston-Salem 3.5%
  7. Hickory/Lenoir/Morganton 3.4%
  8. Charlotte/Concord/Gastonia 2.9%
  9. Greensboro/High Point 2.4%
  10. Rocky Mount 2.3%
  11. Asheville 2.1%
  12. Fayetteville 1.4%
  13. Goldsboro 1.4%
  14. Jacksonville 0.6%
  15. New Bern 0.5%
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board 2021 Virtual Recognition Event is tomorrow, Tuesday, December 7 at 11 am
Join us for the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board 2021 Virtual Recognition Event next Tuesday, December 7 at 11:00 am. We will recognize outstanding employers, participants and workforce professionals at this event.

This event will be exclusively virtual this year due to the pandemic. We hope next year we can join together in-person for this annual celebration of our region's workforce development efforts.
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Emily Nicholson selected as Executive Director, Land of Sky Educational and Workforce Collaborative
Land of Sky Collaborative Ed & Workforce Collaborative

Emily Nicholson has been selected as our Executive Director. Ms. Nicholson previously served as the Assistant Director with the Northeastern Workforce Development Board with the Albemarle Commission in Eastern North Carolina.

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www.landofskycollaborative.org
Manufacturing Employers explore ideas to solve Workforce Challenges at Talent Summit
MFG Leaders explore ideas to solve Workforce Challenges

In partnership with the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development (HCPED), Blue Ridge Community College hosted a Talent Summit yesterday addressing the unprecedented workforce shortages in Henderson County as well as the nation overall.

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www.blueridge.edu
Asheville ranked #4 in the nation - The New Gold Rush: The Top 10 Cities Job Seekers Are Flocking To
Here Are the Top 10 Cities Job Seekers Are Flocking To

Because Americans aren’t just quitting old gigs—they’re also taking on new ones, wherever they may be. And often that means pulling up roots and buying or renting a home in a brand-new town, city, or state.

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www.realtor.com
Asheville #4 in top cities job seekers 'are now flocking to'

It's no secret the Asheville area has a lot of open jobs, and now that situation has garnered the area some national attention. Asheville ranks fourth in Realtor.com's recent analysis of the "Top 10 Cities Job Seekers Are Now Flocking To."

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www.citizen-times.com
Now hiring: GigPro launches in Asheville, addresses labor shortage
Now hiring: GigPro launches in AVL, addresses labor shortage

When Tony Creed, co-owner of Avenue M, signed the restaurant up for an app claiming to connect hospitality industry employers and employees with a few taps on a phone screen, he wasn't convinced there was a need for the service.

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www.citizen-times.com
Pratt & Whitney Community Conversations at Nesbitt Discovery Academy
Pratt & Whitney Community Conversation

You are invited to attend a Pratt & Whitney Community Conversation hosted by Nesbitt Discovery Academy. CLICK HERE to register!

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Blue Ridge Community College Health Sciences Job Fair
Blue Ridge Community College hosted a Health Science Job Fair in partnership with Mountain Area Workforce Development Board and the NCWorks team last week at the Blue Ridge Health Sciences Center in Hendersonville..

Over 25 healthcare employers participated in this job fair. We want to thank Leigh Angel, Allied Health Dean at the college for our partnership..
Leigh Angel, Allied Health Dean at Blue Ridge Community College, Barbara Darby, Assistant Workforce Director and Business Services Leader, Mountain Area Workforce Development Board and Jason Chappell, Manager, NCWorks Career Centers in Henderson and Transylvania Counties.
Barbara Darby, Assistant Workforce Director and Business Services Leader, Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, Jason Chappell, Manager, NCWorks Career Centers in Henderson and Transylvania Counties and Emily Nicholson, Executive Director, P-20 Council, Land of Sky Education and Workforce Collaborative.
Appalachian Regional Commission: Philip Cooper, Inspiring Change
Philip Cooper: Inspiring Change - ARC

For Philip Cooper, INSPIRE Coordinator at Land of Sky Regional Development Council, helping his community recover from substance use disorder is not just a job – it’s a personal, lifelong commitment.

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The Pandemic Hasn't Changed What Matters To Most Employees
The Pandemic Hasn't Changed What Matters Most to Employees

Key Findings Drivers of employee satisfaction have not changed, despite COVID-19 pandemic and many discussions about how workers have reevaluated their priorities. Diversity & inclusion - Glassdoor's newest workplace factor - matters more than pay.

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www.glassdoor.com
Job Openings Decline, but Quits Rise
Job Openings Decline, but Quits Rise

Workers continue to quit at historic levels, with the quits rate hitting an all-time high of 3%.

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www.hiringlab.org
The Labor Shortage That Is Causing More Labor Shortages
The Labor Shortage That's Causing More Labor Shortages

One reason people can't go back to work is because they can't find childcare, and they can't find childcare because there's a shortage of childcare workers. WSJ's Kris Maher explains why economics of the industry make it so difficult to raise wages.

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www.wsj.com
Pratt & Whitney update
Progress at Pratt & Whitney plant now visible from I-26

People who have driven on Interstate 26 near the Brevard Road and Long Shoals Road exits lately and looked west have probably caught a glimpse of a huge steel structure going up.

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Asheville Facility

Asheville, North Carolina, will soon be home to Pratt & Whitney's world-class advanced casting foundry and airfoil production facility.

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prattwhitney.com
Help Really Wanted: No Degree, Work Experience or Background Checks
Help Really Wanted: No Degree, Work Exp or Background Checks

Employers are easing job requirements and speeding up hiring procedures to survive a U.S. labor market with more openings than applicants

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www.wsj.com
Labor Crisis more than a 'hurricane, toronado, and earthquake rolled into one,' workforce expert says
A hurricane, tornado and earthquake rolled into one

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its "Growth Breakfast" Nov. 3 featured speaker Chris Laney senior strategist with Emsi Burning Glass. The chamber partnered with the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board in bringing Laney to speak.

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Where are the truck drivers? Shortage Adds to Delivery Delays
Where Are All the Truck Drivers? Shortage Adds to Delays

The trucking industry has long churned through drivers, and the pandemic has made the job even harder

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Workers are in the driver's seat now, but for how long?
Boyle: Workers are in the driver's seat, but for how long?

Employers are desperate for workers these days, and while the reasons for it are complex, the upshot is clear: Workers are in the driver's seat right now.

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Job Seeker Interest Shifting Toward Higher Wage Jobs
Job Seeker Interest Shifting Toward Higher Wage Jobs

Indeed's new Relative Job Seeker Interest metric shows workers are drawn to jobs advertising higher wages and that offer more opportunity to work remotely. Median advertised hourly wages are strongly correlated with rising job seeker interest.

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www.hiringlab.org
What Has Driven the Recent Increase in Retirements?
What Has Driven the Recent Increase in Retirements?

During the pandemic, the share of retirees in the U.S. population rose much faster than its normal pace. Typically, an increase in this share is driven by more people transitioning from employment to retirement.

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www.kansascityfed.org
Respond to the NC Business Pulse Survey
NC Commerce: NC Biz Encouraged to Provide Input

The North Carolina Department of Commerce invites employers across the state to participate in an innovative new survey to measure current business conditions in North Carolina.

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Growth in the North Carolina Hispanic Workforce 2010 -2020
Growth in the North Carolina Hispanic Labor Force 2010-2020

We noted that population growth was at nearly 40% from 2010 to 2020, representing the third fastest growth rate (after Pennsylvania and Washington) among states with at least 1 million Hispanic residents in 2020.

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www.nccommerce.com
Millions of Workers Stay Home to Watch Young Children as Daycares Struggle
Millions Stay Home to Watch Children as Daycares Struggle

Children across the U.S. have returned to school in person and many daycare centers have reopened with vaccinated staffers. Still, a shortage of child-care workers is sending ripples across the U.S. workforce, stymieing employers as they try to...

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Nearly half of American companies say they are short on skilled workers
Nearly 1/2 of USA biz say they are short on skilled workers

America's worker shortage is alive and well, much to the misfortune of US companies that need staff to keep up with demand.

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www.cnn.com
There are millions of jobs, but a shortage of workers: Economists explain why that’s worrying
There are millions of jobs, but a shortage of workers

LONDON - The Covid-19 pandemic is not only having a seismic impact on global public health but also causing chaos for the economy, with supply chain disruptions and labor shortages a big problem for businesses around the world.

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www.cnbc.com
NCWorks Career Center Asheville Jobseeker Workshops for November and December
North Carolina's unemployment rate drops to 4.1% in October
North Carolina unemployment rate drops to 4.1% in October

North Carolina's jobless rate fell further in October to 4.1%, the state Commerce Department said on Friday, as the overall number of people employed kept growing. The seasonally adjusted rate compares to a revised September rate of 4.3%.

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1,535 people filed for unemployment benefits in our region during September
Buncombe: 1,010

Henderson: 364

Madison: 76

Transylvania: 85

TOTAL: 1,535

Unemployment Claims by Sector in our Region

Leisure & Hospitality 139 (17.8%)
Trade Transportation & Utilities 228 (14.9%)
Unclassified/Unknown 320 (20.8%)
Educational & Health Services 178 (11.6%)
Manufacturing 148 (9.6%)
Other Services 59 (3.8%)
Professional & Business Services 190 (12.4%)
Construction 61 (4.0%)
Financial Activities 28 (1.8%)
Information not dislosed
Public Administration 16 (1.0%)
Natural Resources & Mining not disclosed
Workbook: Regional UI Dashboard

September 2021

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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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