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.

“All metropolitan areas across North Carolina experienced a loss in government employment, mainly in educational services,” ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes said in a statement introducing the numbers. “The goal of Gov. [Bev] Perdue, the ESC and our workforce develop- ment partners, is to grow jobs and put people back to work.”

The Asheville metropolitan area, including Buncombe, Haywood, Madison and Henderson counties, lost 3,100 government jobs — 12.1 percent of the area’s government workforce — in July. While the manufacturing, transport and leisure/hospitality sectors saw increases, they weren’t nearly enough to offset the massive losses in the public sector. Professional services and the education/health sectors also saw smaller job losses.

Despite the losses, the Asheville area’s unemployment declined from 8.3 to 8.1 percent in July. However, as unemployment numbers only count those looking for work, combined with the job losses this indicates that some unemployed have simply given up looking for a job or left the area.

Buncombe County saw unemployment drop from 8.2 to 8 percent in July.

— David Forbes, senior news reporter

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4 thoughts on “Loss of public employment sends Asheville jobs numbers plunging

  1. bill smith

    I agree with R Bernier’s implication. This economy is all the fault of the White House, specifically Obama. IF he would just pass those tax cuts for the rich they would start employing people. Plus, all those environmental regulations prevent us from being competitive with China. SO WHAT if we want to dump industrial waste into the ground water?? It creates jobs!

    If Obama was a TRUE leader, like GW Bush, he would allow Congress to perpetuate a housing bubble that artificially props up the economy. That’s Freeedom!

  2. Ashevegasjoe

    You can thank the Republicans, and their slashing of the budget. Now they can campaign on the lack of jobs across the country. I “hope” people realize the GOP would rather tank the economy to win an election, than give a damn about teachers or social services, and “change” the leadership in the house.

  3. Ron

    Don’t expect Washington(Rep or Dem) to give you a job. However, government is over extended and needs to be cut and yes its painful but if there’s no money there’s no jobs! But government can create a climate for small businesses that makes hiring easier. I’m glad they slashed the budget…I wish they’d do more! There is a tremendous amount of waste and duplication in government…it will cost jobs to cut but it’s the right thing to do.

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