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Unemployment Rates Fall Across Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment rates decreased across the Hickory Metro and across the state according to the latest update from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The report shows the July unemployment rates.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, down from 3.8 in June. Alexander County’s jobless rate fell to 3.1 percent from 3.6 in the last report. Burke County is showing a 3.4 percent unemployment rate, down from 3.8 in June. The July unemployment rate in Caldwell County fell to 3.6 percent, down from 4.1 in the previous update.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.4 percent, down from 3.8 in June. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the fifth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, down from 4.1 in June. Unemployment rates fell in all 100 counties. Scotland County has the highest jobless rate at 7.6 percent and Buncombe, Swain, and Chatham Counties are all tied with the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.9 percent. When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates fell in all 100 counties.