31c79493-1a45-4528-a5dc-0fbbbf2a7ca7-eaton_jobs_001(Asheville Citizen-Times) The state’s jobless rate ended 2019 at the same 3.7% level where it began, the N.C. Commerce Department reported Jan. 24.

The rate slipped 0.1 percentage point from November. It has been below the 4% threshold for two consecutive months.

The rate is down from a 15-month high of 4.2% in August.

By comparison, the U.S. jobless rate was at 3.5%, unchanged from November. The U.S. rate has been lower than the N.C. rate for 11 consecutive months.

Buncombe County’s unemployment rate for November 2019, the most recent data available, was 2.5%. That number, which is seasonally unadjusted, is the lowest point since December 1999, when it was 1.9%.

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