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Unemployment Rates Fall Across Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment rates fell across the Hickory Metro and throughout much of North Carolina according to the latest update. The report was issued last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The Statistics are from September.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.1 percent, down from 3.6 in the August report. Alexander County is showing a jobless rate of 2.8 percent, down from 3.3 in the previous update. Burke County has an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent, down from 3.6 percent. The jobless percentage in Caldwell County is 3.2, down from 3.7 in August.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.1 percent, down from 3.6 in August. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the fifth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate is 3.3 percent, down from 3.9 in the previous update. Unemployment rates decreased in 99 of North Carolina’s 100 counties and increased in one. Warren County has the highest unemployment rate at 7.6 percent while Orange & Buncombe Counties tied with the lowest at 2.6 percent.