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Unemployment Rates Released, Hickory Metro Counties Saw Increases Or Remained Unchanged

Unemployment rates increased or remained steady in Hickory Metro Counties according to the latest update. The report was released Wednesday (April 3) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. It shows the unemployment rates for February.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, up from 3.4 percent in January. Alexander County’s jobless rate remained steady at 3.5 percent. Burke County’s unemployment rate is 3.5 percent, up from 3.3 in January’s report. Caldwell County’s jobless rate remained unchanged at 3.6 percent.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.6 percent, up from 3.4 percent in January. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the sixth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, up from 3.6 in the last report. Unemployment rates increased in 50 of the state’s 100 counties, decreased in 14, and remained unchanged in 36. Hyde County has the highest jobless rate at 9.7 percent while Watauga County has the lowest at 2.7 percent.