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June 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
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August 20, 2014, No comments

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.

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What are the transportation needs in your community? NCDOT setting new criteria, wants your input.

July 7, 2014, Comments Off

A series of public meetings and open comment periods are underway across Western North Carolina, sparked by new legislation requiring the N.C. Departm ...

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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Medicaid management nonprofit faces closure

June 11, 2014, Comments Off

Community Care of North Carolina, a nonprofit with 14 networks across the state — including Western North Carolina — would lose its contract with ...

  • Sen. Ralph Hise, co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services, explains part of the budget in a meeting last week. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press
    Raleigh Report: What the NC Senate budget proposal means for WNC
    June 2, 2014, Comments Off

    The state Senate proposal enumerates changes on everything from teacher pay to coal ash monitoring, and -- in WNC -- shows details on lawmaker's funding priorities, including on the Western Crime Lab, repairs at the WNC Agricultural Center ...

  • 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 ...