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June 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
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August 20, 2014, Comments Off

New countywide unemployment data show that, by in large, joblessness fell across the 18 westernmost counties of the state between May and June — arguably the start of tourist season across the mountains. Rates also show that the Asheville MSA posted the lowest unemployment rates among North Carolina’s 14 metro areas.

May 2014 unemployment rates in Western North Carolina. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce

WNC unemployment inches up in May

July 3, 2014, Comments Off

A snapshot of May's unemployment shows joblessness increased across much -- but not all -- of Western North Carolina when compared to the previous mon ...

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Latest campaign reports reveal inside, outside funders of WNC’s congressional races

June 26, 2014, Comments Off

Special Report: ELECTION 2014 From zero to more than $2 million, WNC's Congressional candidates' warchests offer clues as to what to expect in the co ...

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Moffitt’s media: An in-depth look at the state legislator’s political publishing company

June 3, 2014, Comments Off

Campaign finance reports, and interviews with Rep. Tim Moffitt and others, reveal InTouchNC’s reach — and that Moffitt is his company’s biggest ...

  • A quick look at unemployment rates in April across the North Carolina mountains. Map section courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    18 WNC counties post decreases in unemployment
    May 30, 2014, Comments Off

    Still, with the statewide unemployment rate for the month at 6 percent, most of the region had higher-than-average unemployment, according to new data released by state employment officials this week.

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    Racial disparities persist in WNC infant deaths
    May 29, 2014, Comments Off

    In NC, African-American babies are dying before their first birthday at about two-and-a-half times the rate of white babies. The numbers are only slightly better in Buncombe County, with African-American infants twice as likely to die befor ...