Unemployment rates fell across the Hickory Metro area and across most of the state of North Carolina, according to the latest update. The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division released the numbers last week, they reflect jobless rates in February.
Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 5.4 percent, down from 5.8 in the January report. Alexander County has an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent, down from 5.1 in the previous update. Burke County shows a 5.3 percent jobless rate, down from 5.7. Caldwell County’s unemployment rate is 5.9 percent, down from 6.2 in January.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 5.4 percent, down from 5.8 in January. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the 5th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate is 5.6 percent, down from 6 percent even in the January report. Jobless rates fell in 96 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, increased in three, and remained unchanged in one. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 10.9 percent while Orange County has the lowest at 4 percent even.