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Unemployment Rates Drop Across Hickory Metro

The latest unemployment rates have been released for counties in North Carolina and the Hickory Metro and much of the state saw a decrease in jobless percentages. The update from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division shows the unemployment rates for November, 2022.

The unemployment rate for Catawba County is 3.6 percent, down from 3.8 in October. Alexander County’s jobless rate is 3.3 percent, a decrease from 3.5 percent in the last report. Burke County’s unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, down from 3.8 in October. Caldwell County shows an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, down from 3.9 percent in October.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.6 percent, down from 3.8 percent in the last report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the sixth lowest jobless rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.

The statewide unemployment rate is 3.8 percent, down from 3.9 in October. 92 of the 100 counties in North Carolina saw a decrease in the jobless rate, there were increases in four and four remained unchanged. Edgecombe County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 7.3 percent, Buncombe and Orange counties are tied for the lowest jobless rate at 3 percent even.