Unemployment rates fell across the Greater Hickory Metro and across much of North Carolina, according to the most recent update released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The unemployment rates in the latest report are from November, 2021.
Catawba County’s jobless rate is 3.1 percent, down from 3.5 percent in October. The unemployment rate in Alexander County is 3.3 percent, down from 3.6 percent in the previous report. Burke County has an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent, down from 3.4 in October. Caldwell County’s jobless rate is 3.3 percent, down from 3.6 in the previous update.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.4 percent, down from 3.1 in October. 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 3.7 in October. Unemployment rates decreased in 97 of the North Carolina’s 100 counties and increased in three. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate at 7 percent and Orange County has the lowest at 2.4 percent.