As WNC heads into yet another year of economic uncertainty, Xpress asked regional business leaders, government figures and laborers about their takeaways from 2021 in the world of work.
“I believe that if you saw more nonwhites working in the high-end tourist business, especially downtown and in West Asheville, this would not have happened.”
Asheville metro manufacturing employment grew by 1,400 jobs in the fourth quarter, the sector’s strongest performance in over two decades. Buncombe unemployment continued to be the lowest in the state, but area wages trailed state and national averages.
Asheville based Changing Together is one of a growing number of crime deterrence programs aimed at helping felons avoid ending up back in prison. A project of The SPARC Network, a nonprofit with branches in Charlotte and Asheville, Changing Together works in partnership with local law enforcement to help offenders find work and move forward with their lives after they have completed their sentences.
Green Opportunities, a nonprofit job training and employment program founded in 2008, works to ensure that all residents of the region have access to sustainable employment in our rapidly growing local economy. Operating out of the Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center in Asheville’s Southside neighborhood, GO focuses on workforce development in selected growth […]
The ninth annual Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Homecoming Job Fair was packed Jan. 7, held at the Davis Event Center at the WNC Agriculture Center in Fletcher. Crowds streamed in, forming a line out the door to get in.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River announced today that it’s readying for a major hiring push to staff its new taproom and restaurant. According to an email from the company’s beer ambassador, Bill Manlely, the Chico, Calif.-based brewery is seeking to fill at total of 150 slots. “We’re looking to add an additional 150 staff members in both front-of-the-house, back-of-the-house and […]
Leaders from a wide cross section of Asheville businesses discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the region’s talent pool at a panel discussion Wednesday hosted by Leadership Asheville.
I totally agree with Thad Eckard's Nov. 28 Opinion piece, “Think Before You Spend.” I agree that paying a living wage to employees is only fair. The minimum-wage rate for retail workers in the field I'm in is no more than $7.50 per hour. That is below poverty-level wage, and you are thinking about which […]
In this episode of the Mountain Xpress Local Matters podcast, news editor Margaret Williams talks with reporter David Forbes about the trends in the local economic recovery. Reporter Christopher George contributes a report about the local employment situation, as well as an update about the recent Buncombe County Commission budget meeting.
The Skyland Volvo plant will shut down on March 31, 2010, according to a press release from the Stockholm-based company. An estimated 228 employees will lose their jobs in a facility that the county and city were considering for millions in grants just a few years ago.
The local unemployment rate took a dramatic leap in November, based on the latest statistics from the N.C. Employment Security Commission.
For months, the area’s unemployment rate has been spiking. Add that to the local gas crisis and the supposed implosion of the U.S. economy (at least the financial sector), and it’s enough to majorly harsh your economic mellow. Well, there’s a glimmer of good news in the latest local job stats.
The Asheville area unemployment rate jumped yet again in July, though the increase was less than in most of the rest of the state.
The Asheville metropolitan area (Buncombe, Haywood, Madison and Henderson counties) saw its unemployment rise again in June to 5 percent, up from 4.8 percent in May, according to the latest statistics from the N.C. Employment Security Commission.
The Asheville metro area’s unemployment rose to 4.8 percent in May, a significant increase from April’s 4.1 percent. But the local rate was still better than the statewide rate, which hit a high of 5.8 percent, according to the latest statistics from the N.C. Employment Security Commission.
Despite a generally unsteady economy nationwide, the local unemployment rate eased in April, with the Asheville metro area seeing a decrease to 4.1 percent from 4.4 percent in March, according to the latest statisctics from the N.C. Employment Security Commission.
Since December 2007, North Carolina’s unemployment rate (then 4.7 percent) has been increasing steadily. For April, the state’s rate hit 5.4 percent, according to the latest statistics from the N.C. Employment Security Commission.