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Unemployment Rates Fall Across Hickory Metro

Unemployment rates decreased in Hickory Metro counties and across most of the state, according to the latest report. That update was issued Wednesday (January 31) by The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The report shows the December, 2023 unemployment rates.

Catawba County’s jobless rate is 3.1 percent, down from 3.3 percent in the November update. Alexander County has an unemployment rate of 3.3 percent, down from 3.5 in the previous report. Burke County has a jobless rate of 2.9 percent, down from 3.2 in the November report. Caldwell County’s unemployment rate is 3.1 percent, which is down from 3.4.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.1 percent, down from 3.3 percent in November. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the sixth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, down from 3.2 in the previous report. Jobless rates fell in 95 of the state’s counties, increased in three, and remained unchanged in two. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate in North Carolina at 5.9 percent, while Buncombe County has the lowest at 2.4 percent.