Unemployment rates fell across the Hickory Metro and throughout the state of North Carolina according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The report was issued last week and it reflects the jobless rates for March.
Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 4.5 percent, down from 5.4 in the February report. Alexander County’s jobless rate dropped to 3.9 percent, from 4.7 percent in the last update. Burke County’s unemployment rate is 4.4 percent, down from 5.3 percent. Caldwell County’s jobless rate is 4.8 percent, a reduction from 5.8 percent in February.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4.5 percent, down from 5.4 in the last report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the sixth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.
The statewide jobless rate is 4.6 percent, down from 5.6 in February. Unemployment rates decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s Counties in March. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate at 8.9 percent while Orange County boasts the lowest at 3.2 percent.