Unemployment in the Asheville metro area dropped last month, from 10.2 percent to 9.4 percent, according to statistics from the state’s Employment Security Commission. The decline was part of a drop in unemployment in every county in North Carolina.
After a massive rise at the beginning of the year, unemployment declined in March in the metro area, which includes Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Haywood counties. Buncombe County saw a decline from 9.7 percent to 8.9 percent over the same time period. Both the metro area and county remain under the average state unemployment rate of 10.9 percent.
According to the statistics, much of the job growth in the Asheville area came from the hospitality, construction and service sectors.
— David Forbes, staff writer