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Unemployment Rates Increase Or Remain Steady In Hickory Metro & State

Unemployment rates increased or remained steady in Hickory Metro Counties, according to the latest update. The report was issued earlier this month by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The update showed the March unemployment rates.

Catawba County’s jobless rate was listed at 3.6 percent, unchanged from February. The unemployment rate in Alexander County is also 3.6 percent, up from 3.5 percent in the last report. Burke County’s jobless rate was listed at 3.5 percent, unchanged from the previous update. Caldwell County showed an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, up from 3.6 in February.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.6 percent, the same as the February report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 6th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

North Carolina has a listed unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, unchanged from February. Unemployment rates decreased in 44 of North Carolina’s counties, increased in 22, and remained unchanged in 34. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.6 percent while Greene County had the lowest at 2.8 percent.