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Old 01-30-2014, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I saw there were a couple other threads "jobs in Asheville" and "employment in Ashville" but both were 5 years old so I started a new one. I read a lot of people seem down and out on the Asheville job market, but everyday I get notifications from Indeed, career builder, and Monster. The jobs they send seem to be OK jobs, nothing that's going to make anyone a millionaire but not cashiers at Walmart either (not that there's anything wrong with that, God knows I couldn't be patient enough to keep a job there). I was wondering then, why do some people feel like Asheville has NO jobs. I know Charlotte and Raleigh have many more, but Asheville still has a lower unemployment rate. Any opinions? evidence? stories?
Thanks,
Matt
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:18 PM
 
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I saw there were a couple other threads "jobs in Asheville" and "employment in Ashville" but both were 5 years old so I started a new one. I read a lot of people seem down and out on the Asheville job market, but everyday I get notifications from Indeed, career builder, and Monster. The jobs they send seem to be OK jobs, nothing that's going to make anyone a millionaire but not cashiers at Walmart either (not that there's anything wrong with that, God knows I couldn't be patient enough to keep a job there). I was wondering then, why do some people feel like Asheville has NO jobs. I know Charlotte and Raleigh have many more, but Asheville still has a lower unemployment rate. Any opinions? evidence? stories?
Thanks,
Matt

Asheville and the surrounding areas are very popular with retirees, tourists, and for second homes, etc. Cost of living is higher in the Asheville metro area, rents are higher there.

It is not that there are "no" jobs, but it is true that jobs are not plentiful; it is difficult securing a job other than service industry jobs especially if you don't reside in the area, and the pay scale may not be what you are looking for. More blue collar jobs than white collar jobs that require a degree and a specific skill set.

Of course Charlotte and Raleigh have more jobs. The infrastructure, medical fields, colleges, technology jobs etc. are available. They are "younger" and more heavily populated areas with more large corporations; same with Greenville SC, many large corporations.
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:57 PM
 
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You have more people then job, so Employers can be more picky. Pay rate is I believe $7.25. Not much to live on. My oldest son still has to live at home because he can not afford his own place. 1 bedroom apart is $800 and up. If you find one cheaper then it's probably not nice or in a good area.
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:02 PM
 
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it is difficult securing a job other than service industry jobs

Finding a service industry job isn't easy, and the market is very competitive since many of the people who move here *that aren't retirees* have service industry experience. I had over 12 years of solid hospitality experience, and my first year here was extremely difficult.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:54 PM
 
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Unemployment rate is way down, simply because so many people have simply given up looking for a job, and less people are working.

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Meanwhile, Buncombe County’s jobless rate dropped to 5.1 percent from 5.5 percent in October. But that lower number was due in part to fewer workers with jobs. Buncombe’s labor force contracted from 127,747 in October to 125,095 in November.
http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pb...=2014301080024
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Unemployment rate is way down, simply because so many people have simply given up looking for a job, and less people are working.
Interesting point... Seems to be a good number of things popping up on indeed and career builder and the like though...
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:33 PM
 
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2013
Jan
Labor Force - 220534
Employment - 201920
Unemployment - 18614
UE Rate - 8.4%

Feb
Labor Force - 218721 -1,813
Employment - 201573 +347
Unemployment - 17148 -1,466
UE Rate - 7.8%

Mar
Labor Force - 218276 -445
Employment - 202605 +1,032
Unemployment - 15671 -1,477
UE Rate - 7.2%

Apr
Labor Force - 219319 +1,043
Employment - 204821 +2,216
Unemployment - 14498 -1,173
UE Rate - 6.6%

May
Labor Force - 221031 +1,712
Employment - 205777 +956
Unemployment - 15254 +756
UE Rate - 6.9%

Jun
Labor Force - 220954 -77
Employment - 205222 -555
Unemployment - 15732 +478
UE Rate - 7.1%

Jul
Labor Force - 220983 +29
Employment - 206026 +804
Unemployment - 14957 -775
UE Rate - 6.8%

Aug
Labor Force - 217092 -3,891
Employment - 203382 -2,644
Unemployment - 13710 -1,247
UE Rate - 6.3%

Sep
Labor Force - 217959 +867
Employment - 205403 +2,021
Unemployment - 12556 -1,154
UE Rate - 5.8%

Oct
Labor Force - 218022 +63
Employment - 205884 +481
Unemployment - 12138 -418
UE Rate - 5.6%

Nov
Labor Force - 217292 -730
Employment - 206079 +195
Unemployment - 11213 -925
UE Rate - 5.2%


Over the last 11 available months Asheville lost 2,612 people in the labor force, employed 4,853 and 7,401 became unemployed.

Top Picks (Most Requested Statistics) : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Yea I always knew it was a #'s game. That's why I don't pay a lot of attention to the unemployment stats. I watch the current help wanted ads. But it seems there are a lot of job openings posted online for a smaller metro area.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:14 PM
 
Location: FLORIDA
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Wow. i dont see how many working professionals like myself make it sometimes.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Wow. i dont see how many working professionals like myself make it sometimes.
What do you mean?
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