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March 22, 2019

Job Creation Remains Stagnant at County Levels; Drops Nationally

The state has released the county and area unemployment numbers for the month of October. The numbers remain stagnant despite a drop in unemployment at the national level.
For Jackson County October experienced an unemployment rate of 4.5% for the month which is  the same as September’s numbers. Compared to last year, the rate has dropped by .9%, as the unemployment rate for October 2015 was at 5.4%.
In Swain County, the unemployment rate remained unchanged from September as well, as it stands at 4.7%. The rate fell from last year, when it stood at 6.5%, which means that from last year, the unemployment rate has dropped by 1.8%.
Nationally the unemployment rate dropped in the month of October to 4.6% as employers added 178,000 jobs. This is a 9 year low for unemployment across the country. Average hourly pay slipped after a solid gain the previous month. Pay has increased at only a modest pace in the past year.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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