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Unemployment Rates Increase Across Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment rates increased in all of the Hickory Metro counties and across most of the state according to the latest update. The report, which shows the June unemployment rates, was released Wednesday (August 3) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.8 percent, an increase from 3.4 percent in May. Alexander County’s jobless rate rose to 3.6 percent, up from 3.2 percent in the previous report. Burke County’s unemployment rate is 3.9 percent, up from 3.3 percent in May. Caldwell County’s jobless rate rose from 3.6 percent to 4.1 percent from May to June.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.9 percent, an increase from 3.4 in May. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the 6th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide jobless rate is 4.1 percent, up from 3.6 in May. Unemployment rates rose in 98 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in June and decreased in two. Edgecombe County has the highest unemployment rate at 8 percent even. Orange and Buncombe Counties tied for the lowest jobless rate at 3.3 percent. Compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties and all 15 metro areas.