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2015 economic tier designations WNC
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January 13, 2015, No comments

Every year since 2007, the N.C. Department of Commerce reviews the overall economic conditions for all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. The department recently completed and released its new designations, which impact state funding resources available to some of the most-distressed counties in the state.

Unemployment rates for November 2014, the most-recent data available. Map courtesy of the N.C. Division of Employment Security

7 WNC counties post uptick in joblessness

January 9, 2015, Comments Off

In four others, unemployment in November stayed the same, according to the latest data from the N.C. Division of Employment Security.

A screen shot of the interactive Mountains-to-Sea State Trail map. Click here to view the map.

Mountains-to-Sea trail master plan underway

December 10, 2014, Comments Off

The 1,000-mile trail corridor will ultimately link Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the coast.

October 2014 unemployment across Western North Carolina. Map via the N.C. Division of Employment Security

For joblessness, WNC is a region of extremes

December 10, 2014, Comments Off

According to newly released data tracking October's unemployment rates across the state's 100 counties, Western North Carolina makes the headlines.

  • September 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    September unemployment falls across WNC
    November 10, 2014, Comments Off

    Monthly data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce shows that September may have been a good month for job seekers across most - but not all - of the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina.

  • August unemployment rates in Western North Carolina. Image courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    WNC home to NC’s highest, lowest unemployment rates
    October 3, 2014, Comments Off

    When it comes to finding the state's arguably best and worst locations for finding a job, Western North Carolina was home to both in the month of August, according to new data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

  • June 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    June unemployment falls in all but 3 WNC counties
    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 ...

  • 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 month. Still, the region shows unemployment highs and lows, with its largest metro area posti ...