Asheville jobless rate hits 5-year-low
(Asheville Citizen-Times) The Asheville metro boasted the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 5.6 percent in October — the region’s best showing in five years. The metro area posted 5.8 percent unemployment in September, a drop from 7.0 percent for the area a year ago, according to data released Thursday by the N.C. Commerce Department. The four-county area of Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison counties has added 4,500 jobs in the past year, with the labor market growing at a 2.6 percent annualized clip.
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