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June 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
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.

The North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press

Raleigh Report: NC lawmakers poised to do … something

August 18, 2014, No comments

As the NC General Assembly's short session continues, debates over teaching assistant pay, local option sales tax changes and regulating crowdfunding ...

Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press

NC enviro officials: Duke must submit Asheville coal ash plan by Nov. 15

August 14, 2014, Comments Off

North Carolina’s environmental agency asked Duke Energy on Wednesday to submit plans for removing coal ash from four high-priority power plants, inc ...

Sigma Plastics Group

Plastics manufacturer plans Transylvania County expansion, bringing 80 new jobs

August 12, 2014, Comments Off

Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced on Monday that Sigma Plastics Group will restore the former Excelsior R ...

  • 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 ...