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Jobless Rates Increase Across Hickory Metro

Jobless Rates Increase Across Hickory Metro

Unemployment rates have increased across the Hickory Metro and across the entire state of North Carolina. The latest update from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division was released last week and listed the unemployment rates for the month of January.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.5 percent, up from 3 percent even in the December report. Alexander County shows a jobless rate of 3.2 percent, up from 2.6 percent in the last update. Burke County has an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, an increase from 2.9 percent in the December update. Caldwell County’s jobless rate is 3.7 percent, up from 3.1 in the last report.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.5 percent, up from 3 percent even in December. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the fifth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide jobless rate rose to 3.8 percent in January, up from 3.2 percent in the previous report. Unemployment rates increased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in January. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate at 8.1 percent, Orange County has the lowest at 2.6 percent. All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases.