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Unemployment Rates Increase In Latest Report

Unemployment rates increased across the Hickory Metro and in every county statewide according to the latest update. The report was issued Wednesday (March 14) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The update shows the unemployment rates for January.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, up from 3.1 percent in December. Alexander County is showing a jobless rate of 3.5 percent, up from 3.4 in the previous report. Burke County’s unemployment rate is 3.3 percent, up from 2.9 percent in December. The jobless rate in Caldwell County is 3.6 percent, an increase from 3.2 percent in the prior report.

The January unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.4 percent, up from 3.1 in December. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the fifth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.

The statewide unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, up from 3.2 percent in December. Unemployment rates increased in all 100 counties in North Carolina. Hyde County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 8.8 percent and Greene County has the lowest at 2.7 percent.