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Unemployment Rates Increase In Most Hickory Metro Counties

Unemployment rates increased across most of the Hickory Metro and in a majority of counties statewide. The latest jobless numbers were released Thursday (November 30) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The report shows the October unemployment numbers.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate increased to 3.2 percent in October from 3.1 percent in the September report. Alexander County saw the only decrease in the Hickory Metro, the unemployment rate fell to 3.4 percent from 3.6 in the last report. Burke County’s jobless rate increased to 3.3 percent from 3.1 in September. Caldwell County’s unemployment rate is also at 3.3 percent, an increase from 3.2 in the last report.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.3 percent, up from 3.2 in the September report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the sixth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate is 3.3 percent, up from 3.2 in the September report. Unemployment rates increased in 84 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, decreased in five, and remained unchanged in 11. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 5.9 percent and Swain County shows the lowest at 2.6 percent.