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Unemployment Rates Drop Across Most Of Hickory Metro

Unemployment Rates Drop Across Most Of Hickory Metro

Unemployment rates decreased across much of the Hickory Metro and across most of the state according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The jobless figures were issued last week and reflect the March unemployment rates.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.3 percent, down from 3.4 in February. Alexander County’s jobless rate remained unchanged at 3.1 percent. Burke County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.2 percent from 3.3 in the previous report. Caldwell County has a jobless rate of 3.5 percent, down from 3.6 in February.

The March unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical area or MSA is 3.3 percent, down from 3.4 in the previous report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the fifth lowest jobless rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, down from 3.7 in February. Unemployment rates decreased in 85 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in March, increased in three, and remained unchanged in 12. Hyde County has the highest unemployment rate at 8.7 percent and Orange County has the lowest at 2.4 percent. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties.