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Unemployment Rates Increase Across Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment Rates Increase Across Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment rates increased across the Greater Hickory Metro and across the state according to the latest update. The jobless rates were released last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The numbers reflect the unemployment rates for June.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 4.7 percent, up from 4.3 in May. Alexander County stands at 4.3 percent, up from 3.9 percent in the last report. Burke County’s jobless rate is 4.6 percent, up from 4.2 in May. Caldwell County shows an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, an increase from 4.6 percent in the last update.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4.7 percent, up from 4.3 percent in the May report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the fifth lowest jobless rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, up from 4.5 in May. Unemployment rates increased in 99 of North Carolina’s 100 counties and decreased in one. The state’s highest jobless rate is in Scotland County at 9.4 percent and the lowest is in Orange county at 3.7 percent. Compared to a year ago, unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties.