According to newly released data tracking October’s unemployment rates across the state’s 100 counties, Western North Carolina has a mixed bag.
Jackson County has 4.4% unemployment rate down from 5.9% in 2013.
Graham County the state’s highest unemployment rate for the month — 11.2 percent. It was one of three counties in North Carolina with an unemployment rate above 10 percent, where one out of every 10 workers is jobless.
But in an area located a few counties over in WNC, the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area — made up of Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison counties — showed a much different story for the month of October. The Asheville metro area recorded the lowest unemployment in the state, at 4.1 percent.
Overall, the statewide unemployment rate for the month was 5.5 percent, just below the national rate of 5.8 percent for the month.