Cause for concern: Commissioner Holly Jones said she doesn’t think many of the county’s personnel policies are fair, including making new employees wait six months for health-insurance benefits. Photo by Bill Rhodes

Pay to stay

Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Jan. 10, 2012 meeting Jones questions two-tiered benefits Emotional meeting abruptly concluded Tensions ran high as the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners met Jan. 10 to consider employee-compensation policy. In a memo to the commissioners and the county manager last month, as well as an email newsletter to supporters, Commissioner […]

Beer Region, USA? Is Henderson County considerin­g incentives for Sierra Nevada?

The Henderson County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight, Dec. 12, to consider granting economic development incentives for a company that wants to open a facility in the county. Will the move pave the way for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to build a massive new facility in the area? (For meeting updates, follow @JakeFrankel via the hashtag #avlbeer.)

Amanda Hendler-Voss photos by Tracy Rose

A question of balance

When I was pregnant with my son, Ryan, people frequently asked: Are you going to keep working or stay home with the baby? Those well-meaning inquisitors had bought into the “either/or” myth of modern motherhood: You either work full time outside the home and use day care, or you take care of the kids while […]

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Loss of public employment sends Asheville jobs numbers plunging

Jobs numbers worsened across the state in July, according to data from the state’s Employment Security Commission, and the Asheville area was no exception, losing a total of 2,900 jobs, mostly from the public sector. While unemployment in the area declined slightly, combined with the net job losses, this indicates some unemployed have stopped looking for work.

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Asheville area unemployme­nt down slightly in May, but rising in Buncombe

Unemployment in the Asheville metropolitan area declined slightly in May, dropping from 7.8 to 7.7 percent, according to figures from the state Employment Security Commission. Job losses in construction in manufacturing were somewhat offset by gains in the business and hospitality sectors. However, Buncombe County saw a slight rise in unemployment, from 7.4 to 7.5 percent.