Jobs increased in Asheville area in November, but so did unemployment

While the Asheville metropolitan area added jobs in November, unemployment rose as well, according to figures released by the state’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

The Asheville Metropolitan Area — consisting of Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, and Henderson counties — saw unemployment rise from 6.8 to 7.1 percent. Buncombe’s unemployment remained unchanged at 6.8 percent. However, the metro area added 800 jobs, with notable increases in the trade/transport/utilities, leisure/hospitality, and health/education sectors.

Unemployment can sometimes increase as an economy picks back up, as people who had previously stopped looking for work entirely start trying to find a job again. But statewide, the number of employed decreased during November. The numbers are not adjusted to reflect seasonal shifts in employment.

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