Mountain Area Works Highlights


  • Asheville metro has lowest unemployment rate in North Carolina
  • You Decide: How Can We Prepare for the Coming Job Shifts?
  • Trying Times at "The Great 58"
  • How the American middle class has changed in the past five decades
  • Asheville metro unemployment rate April 2022 at 2.8%
  • $19 per Hour and Beyond Job Fair is June 29 - employer registration now open
  • 2022 WNC Rebounding Stronger Summit presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Southwestern Commission and Land of Sky Regional Council
  • Summer Worker Shortage Means Things Will Be Closed. Again.
  • A People Strategy for North Carolina: Today and Tomorrow
  • NC Workforce Trends: Impact for North Carolina
  • Asheville's proposed budget includes at least $17 an hour for full-time employees
  • Guided Compass provides a tool for employers and career seekers
  • Mountain Area Plan Update 2022 - open for public comment
  • Asheville metro employment recovered from COVID-19; historic number of people working
  • Employers Post Your Work-Based Learning Opportunities on The Navigator
  • NCWorks Career Center Asheville workshops May and June 2022
  • NC's jobless rate falls to 3.4% in April 2022
  • 324 individuals filed an unemployment claim in our region for April 2022
  • NCWorks: Work on What's Next
  • Mountain Area Careers
Asheville metro has lowest unemployment rate in North Carolina
Asheville metro has lowest unemployment rate in NC

The Asheville metro unemployment rate is now 2.8%, according to data from the N.C. Department of Commerce. This is the lowest unemployment rate in the state of North Carolina.

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You Decide: How Can We Prepare for the Coming Job Shifts?
You Decide: How Can We Prepare for the Coming Job Shifts?

One of the reasons for the shortage is that many workers have moved on to other jobs that pay better. So, there’s not only a labor shortage, but also a labor reallocation.

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cals.ncsu.edu
Trying Times at "The Great 58"
Trying Times at 'The Great 58'

North Carolina’s community college system is one of the largest in the country, commonly dubbed the “Great 58” for the number of schools it includes. These colleges are essential, many say, to bringing higher education to more North Carolinians.

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www.theassemblync.com
How the American middle class has changed in the past five decades
How American middle class has changed in the past 5 decades

The shrinking of the middle class has been accompanied by an increase in the share of adults in the upper-income tier – from 14% in 1971 to 21% in 2021 – as well as an increase in the share who are in the lower-income tier, from 25% to 29%.

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www.pewresearch.org
Labor Market Update
As of April 2022, 12,475 more people working compared to April 2021. 314 more people working compared to March 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 220,180.
Total Employed Labor Force 213,982.

Our region has completely recovered the labor force compared to prepandemic. Labor force before the pandemic was 219,952. We are 228 workers above the labor force prior to the pandemic. Our region is also above by 636 jobs of the numbers of individuals employed prior 213,346 to the pandemic.
Mountain Area WDB Job Openings NCWorks.gov
Mountain Area WDB Labor Force
Mountain Area WDB Employed Individuals
Mountain Area WDB Unemployed Individuals
Asheville MSA Industry Jobs Compared to One Year Ago
Asheville MSA Jobs
Mountain Area WDB Taxable Retail Sales
Asheville metro unemployment rate at 2.8%, lowest of any NC metro, tied with Durham-Chapel Hill
Asheville metro now (as of April 2022) the lowest unemployment of any NC metro at 2.8%. This rate is 1.1% points lower than the metro unemployment rate of 3.9% of one year ago. All counties in our region have unemployment rates below the state unemployment rate of 3.4%.
 
Buncombe 2.8%
Haywood 3.0%
Henderson 2.8%
Madison 3.0%
Transylvania 3.0%
 
Compared to April 2021, the Asheville metro added 8,700 jobs.
 
Asheville metro has the #2 greatest increase in jobs (4.6%) out of NC's 15 metros in the past year. Year over Year job growth by metro:
 
  1. Raleigh 5.6%   
  2. Asheville 4.6% 
  3. Charlotte/Concord/Gastonia 4.2%
  4. Durham/Chapel Hill 4.1%
  5. Wilmington 3.8%
  6. Greensboro/High Point 3.7%
  7. Fayetteville 3.5%
  8. Hickory/Lenoir/Morganton 3.5%
  9. Jacksonville 2.9%
  10. Greenville 2.4%
  11. Burlington 2.2%
  12. Winston-Salem 2.1%
  13. New Bern 1.8%
  14. Goldsboro 1.5%
  15. Rocky Mount 0.2%
Employers register now for the $19 per Hour and Beyond Job Fair
Employers, we know it is a tough labor market, and we are aware of your need for workers. To help with your hiring needs, the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board is hosting the $19/Hour & Beyond Job Fair on Wednesday, June 29, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, at the Virginia Boone Building, WNC Ag Center, 761 Boylston Hwy., Fletcher, NC 28732, Gate 5. There is no charge to participate.
 
To participate in this job fair your company must have at least one job posting at $19/hour.  Please complete the registration via the link at the button below to reserve a booth for the $19 PER HOUR & BEYOND Job FairSpace is limited so please register as soon as possible.
2022 WNC Rebounding Stronger Summit
Summer Worker Shortage Means Things Will Be Closed. Again.
Summer Worker Shortage Means Things Will Be Closed. Again.

Pools, restaurants and camps cut operations even though demand is back. Labor costs are higher and so are prices. ‘What, no one is applying?’

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www.wsj.com
A People Strategy for North Carolina: Today and Tomorrow
A People Strategy for North Carolina: Today and Tomorrow

Several years ago, a broad range of key stakeholders examined NC's current and projected workforce needs and came to consensus on a bold goal for the state - 2 million North Carolinians with a high-quality credential or postsecondary degree by 2030.

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iei.ncsu.edu
NC Workforce Trends: Impact for North Carolina
NC Association of Workforce Development Boards (NCAWDB) and Institute of Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University recently held a joint meeting featuring Sarah Langer Hall and Philip Cooper with IEI and Dr. Mike Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Emeritus at NC State University.
Asheville's proposed budget includes at least $17 per hour an hour for full-time employees
Asheville budget includes at least $17/hr for FT employees

One of the budget recommendations is to make sure that all full-time employees earn at least $35,360 a year. That comes out to $17 an hour.

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wlos.com
Guided Compass
Guided Compass provides tools for employers and career seekers. Post career events, projects, and work opportunities to 30,000+ career-seekers and 30+ placement partner workforce organizations.
Guided Compass

Post opportunities, design your ideal candidate, and get screened, referred candidates.

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guidedcompass.com
2022 Area Plan Update - open for public comment
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board Comprehensive Four-Year Regional and Local Workforce Development Plan for Program Years 2020-24 is available for public comment beginning on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Public comment will be received for the next thirty (30) days until June 8, 2022 at 5:00 pm. All public comments shall be sent to zia@landofsky.org or to Zia Rifkin, Administrative Services, Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, Land of Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, Asheville, NC 28806. 

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires each local Workforce Development Board (WDB) to develop and submit to the state, in partnership with the local chief elected official, a comprehensive four-year plan. Annually, each WDB provides updates to the four-year plan. The WIOA Comprehensive Four-Year Plan for Program Years (PY) 2020-2024 is the first year of the comprehensive four-year plan, providing current information and is effective July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. The Comprehensive Four-Year Plan (PY 2020-24) will be maintained and updated as appropriate on an annual basis.
Mountain Area Plan Update Open for Public Comment

Mountain Area Workforce Development Board Comprehensive Four-Year Regional and Local Workforce Development Plan for Program Years 2020-24 is available for public comment beginning on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

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landofsky.org
Employers Post Your Work-Based Learning Opportunities on The Navigator
NC's WORK-BASED LEARNING (WBL) NAVIGATOR

The Navigator is a free, first-of-its-kind, tool designed to connect classroom learning to career learning. Through this platform employers post WBL opportunities like job shadowing and internships.

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wblnavigator.org
NCWorks Career Center Asheville workshops May and June 2022
North Carolina's jobless rate falls to 3.4% in April
NC jobless rate falls to 3.4%, dropping toward 1990s levels

April's seasonally adjusted rate is the lowest jobless rate since a 3.3% rate in June 1999, according to department historical data. The rate was 3.4% for several months after.

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www.wunc.org
324 people filed for unemployment benefits in our region April 2022
Buncombe: 214

Henderson: 74

Madison: 14

Transylvania: 12

TOTAL: 324

Unemployment Claims by Sector in our Region

Leisure & Hospitality 40 (12.7%)
Trade Transportation & Utilities 54 (17.2%)
Unclassified/Unknown 48 (15.3%)
Educational & Health Services 49 (15.6%)
Manufacturing 37 (11.8%)
Other Services 10 (3.2%)
Professional & Business Services 38 (12.1%)
Construction 15 (4.8%)
Financial Activities 16 (5.1%)
Information (Not disclosed)
Public Administration (Not disclosed)
Natural Resources & Mining 0 (0.0%)
Workbook: Regional UI Dashboard

April 2022

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bi.nc.gov
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