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Unemployment Rates Fall Across Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment Rates Fall Across Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment rates fell in all Hickory Metro Counties and dropped across the state of North Carolina. The latest update was issued last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division and it shows the jobless numbers for August.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is listed at 7 percent even, down from 9.2 percent in July. Alexander County’s jobless percentage is 6.4, down from 8.4 in the previous report. Burke County has an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent, down from 8.2 in the July update. Caldwell County has a listed jobless rate of 7.3 percent, down from 9.6 in the previous report.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 6.8 percent, that’s down from 9 percent even in July. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the sixth highest jobless rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate is 6.8 percent, down from 8.8 in July. Unemployment rates decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in August. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate at 11.6 percent and the lowest jobless rate is shared by Watauga and Camden Counties at 4.6 percent.