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Jobless Rates Increase Across The Hickory Metro

Unemployment rates increased across the Hickory Metro area and throughout much of the state according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The report was issued Wednesday (June 29) and shows the unemployment rates for May.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, up from 3.2 in the April report. Alexander County’s jobless percentage rose to 3.2 from 2.9 in the last report. Burke County has an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, compared to 3 percent even in April. Caldwell County shows a jobless rate of 3.6 percent, up from 3.3 in the last report.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.4 percent, up from 3.1 in April. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the fifth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs.

The Statewide unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, up from 3.4 in April. Unemployment rates increased in 89 of North Carolina’s counties in May, decreased in six, and remained unchanged in five. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.3 percent while Chatham and Orange Counties each had the lowest at 2.9 percent. Compared to May of 2021, unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties.