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Unemployment Rates Drop Across Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment Rates Drop Across Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment rates decreased in all of the Hickory Metro counties and across most of North Carolina in the latest update. The report was issued recently by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division, it shows the July jobless rates.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 4.3 percent, down from 4.7 in June. Alexander County’s jobless rate is 3.9 percent, a decrease from 4.3 percent in the last report. Burke County has a 4.2 percent unemployment rate, down from 4.6 in June. Caldwell County’s jobless percentage is 4.6, down from 5.1 in the June update.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4.3 percent, down from 4.7 in June. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the fifth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate is 4.6 percent, down from 4.9 in June. Unemployment rates fell in 99 of North Carolina’s 100 counties and remained unchanged in one. Scotland County has the highest jobless rate in the state at 9.1 percent, Avery County has the lowest at 3.5 percent.