Eight WNC counties post double-digit unemployment, Carolina Public Press reports

While, at 7.1 percent, the Asheville metropolitan statistical area posted the best of North Carolina’s 14 MSA’s, most of Western North Carolina saw a rise in unemployment.

From Carolina Public Press

Data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce Tuesday, [July 30], showed that more than half of the state’s 18 westernmost counties saw unemployment rise in June, with eight of those counties’ jobless rates resting in the double-digits.

The department’s figures show 44 of the state’s 100 counties with more than 10 percent unemployment. Those counties included the Western North Carolina counties of Avery, Cherokee, Graham, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, Swain and Yancey. With a rate of 15.2 percent, Graham County held the highest unemployment rate in the region for the month. …

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Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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