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Unemployment Rates Fall Across Greater Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment Rates Fall Across Greater Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment rates dropped across the Hickory Metro once again and all of North Carolina’s counties saw jobless rate decreases. The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division released the latest report last week. The update shows the unemployment rates for June.

Catawba County’s jobless rate fell to 8.6 percent in June, from 15.7 in May. Alexander County’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.7 percent from 13.8 percent in the previous report. Burke County’s jobless rate is 7.3 percent, that’s down from 13.6 percent in May. Caldwell County saw it’s unemployment rate fall to 8.5 percent, from 14.4 in the last report.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA dropped to 8.2 percent in June, from 14.8 in May. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the sixth highest jobless rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent from 12.7 percent in May. Unemployment rates decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in June. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent, while Duplin has the lowest at 5.4 percent.