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Unemployment Rates Decrease Across Region, State

Unemployment rates fell across the Greater Hickory Metro Area and throughout the state, according to the latest update. The report was issued Wednesday (May 29) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The update shows the April unemployment rates.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.2 percent for April, down from 3.6 percent in the March update. Just like Catawba, Alexander County is showing a 3.2 percent jobless rate, down from 3.6 in the previous report. Burke County’s unemployment rate fell to 3.1 percent in the latest report, down from 3.5 percent in March. Caldwell County shows a 3.3 percent jobless rate, down from 3.7 percent.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.2 percent, down from 3.6 percent in the March report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the sixth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.

The statewide unemployment rate is 3.3 percent for April, down from 3.7 percent in the previous report. Unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties in North Carolina. The highest unemployment rate in the state is in Scotland County at 5.8 percent while Greene, Buncombe, and Ashe Counties tied with the lowest rate at 2.6 percent.