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Jobless Rates Fall Across Region, State
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Jobless Rates Fall Across Region, State

Unemployment rates decreased across the Greater Hickory Metro area and throughout much of the state according to the latest update from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The report shows the jobless rates for the month of April.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.2 percent, down from 3.3 in the March report. Alexander County’s jobless percentage fell to 2.9, from 3.1 in the previous report. Burke County has an unemployment rate of 3 percent even, down from 3.2 in March. Caldwell County has a jobless rate of 3.3 percent, a decrease from 3.4 percent in the prior report.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is 3.1 percent, down from 3.3 in March. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the fifth lowest jobless rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, down from 3.6 in March. Unemployment rates fell in 83 counties, increased in four, and remained unchanged in 13. Edgecombe County has the highest unemployment rate at 7.4 percent and Orange & Chatham Counties show the lowest at 2.6 percent. Compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties and 15 Metropolitan Statistical Areas.