Unemployment rates decreased across most of the Hickory Metro and across much of the state according to the latest report. The update was released last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division and it shows the April unemployment rates.
Catawba County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in April, from 4.5 in March. Alexander County’s jobless rate increased to 4.2 percent, from 3.9 in the previous report. Burke County’s unemployment rate fell to 4 percent even from 4.4 percent. Caldwell County’s jobless percentage dropped from 4.7 in April to 4.5 in the latest update.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA fell to 4.2 percent from 4.4 in March. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the sixth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.
The statewide jobless rate fell to 4.4 percent from 4.6 in March. Unemployment rates decreased in 91 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, increased in seven and remained unchanged in two. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate in the county at 8.5 percent and Orange County shows the lowest at 3 percent even.