WNC unemployment bests state average
(Asheville Citizen-Times) Creating more jobs and losing fewer to layoffs, the Western North Carolina economy continued to slowly improve in August.The WNC Economic Index increased by .02 points to 110.9 for the month, the seventh consecutive gain, according the Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis at Appalachian State University. The Asheville metro area of Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood and Madison counties enjoyed the greatest drop in unemployment, down to an average 6.3 percent for the month. The Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir metro is also included in the survey with 9.1 percent unemployment.
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