Unemployment rates dropped across the Greater Hickory Metro and throughout the state according to the new report issued this week. That update was released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The numbers reflect the September unemployment rates.
Catawba County’s jobless rate fell to 3.5 percent, from 4.1 in August. The Alexander County unemployment rate is 3.2 percent, down from 3.7 in the previous report. Burke County is at 3.5 percent unemployment, down from 4 percent even in August. Caldwell County has a 3.7 percent jobless rate, down from 4.4 in the previous update.
The Unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.5 percent, down from 4.1. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton shows the fifth lowest unemployment rate for September among 15 MSAs across the state.
North Carolina’s unemployment rate is 3.8 percent, down from 4.4 percent in August. Unemployment rates decreased in all 100 of the state’s counties. Scotland County has the highest jobless rate at 7.8 percent. Orange County has the lowest at 2.8 percent. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties.