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Unemployment Rates Remain Mostly Steady In Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment rates have been released and they increased slightly or remained the same in the Hickory Metro and across much of North Carolina. The numbers were issued Thursday (January 4) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division and reflect the November unemployment rates.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate increased to 3.3 percent from 3.2 in the October report. Alexander County’s jobless rate rose to 3.5 percent from 3.4. Burke County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged, at 3.2 percent. Caldwell County’s jobless rate increased slightly to 3.4 percent from 3.3.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA, is 3.3 percent, unchanged from the October report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied with two other MSAs for the seventh lowest unemployment rate among 15 Metropolitan Statistical Areas in North Carolina.

The statewide unemployment rate for November is 3.4 percent, up from 3.3 in the previous report. Unemployment rates increased in 39 of the state’s 100 counties, decreased in 17, and remained unchanged in 44. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate at 5.9 percent, while Buncombe and Swain counties are tied with the lowest at 2.6 percent.