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Unemployment Rates Increase Across Hickory Metro

Unemployment Rates Increase Across Hickory Metro

Unemployment rates rose in all four Hickory Metro counties and in all but one county in the state of North Carolina according to the latest update. The monthly employment report was issued last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division and showed the unemployment rates for July.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate rose to 9.3 percent from 8.3 percent in June. Alexander County saw it’s jobless rate increase to 8.5 percent from 7.5 in June. Burke County’s unemployment rate is 8.3 percent, that’s up from 7.1 percent in the last report. Caldwell County is showing a jobless rate of 9.7 percent, up from 8.2 in June.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 9 percent even, up from 7.9 percent in June. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the sixth highest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate is 8.9 percent, up from 7.7 in June. Unemployment rates increased in 99 of North Carolina’s counties and remained unchanged in one. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 14.1 percent, Camden County has the lowest at 6.1 percent. Compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates rose in all 100 counties and in all 15 Metropolitan Statistical Areas.