Unemployment rates decreased across the Hickory Metro and throughout much of the state of North Carolina, according to the latest update from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The report outlines the August unemployment rates.
Catawba County’s unemployment rate is listed at 4.1 percent, down from 4.3 percent in July. Alexander County’s jobless rate is 3.7 percent, down from 3.9 in the last report. Burke County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent, from 4.2 in July. Caldwell County has an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, down from 4.6 percent in the last update.
The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA has an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, down from 4.3 percent in the July report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the fifth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate is 4.4 percent, down from 4.6 in the last report. Jobless rates decreased in 93 of the state’s 100 counties, increased in two, and remained unchanged in five. Scotland County shows the highest unemployment rate in the state at 8.7 percent while Chatham, Avery, Ashe, and Orange Counties were tied for the lowest rate at 3.4 percent.