Unemployment rates did not change dramatically in the Hickory Metro or statewide according to the most recent report. The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division issued their update last week. The numbers reflect December, 2020 unemployment rates.
Catawba County’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent even, from 6.1 in November. Alexander County’s jobless rate decreased to 5.4 percent, from 5.6 in the previous report. Burke County saw a slight increase, from 5.7 percent in November to 5.8 in December. Caldwell County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.6 percent.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 6 percent even for December, down from 6.1 percent in the previous report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the 7th highest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate for December is 6 percent even, the same as the November report. Jobless rates increased in 55 of North Carolina’s counties in December, decreased in 28, and remained unchanged in 17. Scotland County has the state’s highest unemployment rate at 10.2 percent and Watauga has the lowest at 4.3 percent.