Unemployment rates decreased across the Greater Hickory Metro Area and throughout the state, according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The report, which was released this week, shows unemployment rates for the month of September.
Catawba County's unemployment rate is 2.7 percent, down from 3.6 percent in August. Alexander County is showing a jobless rate of 2.5 percent, down from 3.2 percent in the last report. Burke County's unemployment rate is 2.8 percent, down from 3.6 in August. Caldwell County's jobless rate is 2.9 percent, a full percentage point down from the last report, when it was 3.9 percent.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA, is 2.8 percent, down from 3.6 percent in the August report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the fourth lowest unemployment rate out of 15 MSAs in North Carolina.
The statewide unemployment rate is 3.1 percent, down from 3.9 in August. Unemployment rates fell in all of North Carolina's 100 counties. Scotland County has the highest jobless rate at 6.2 percent, Buncombe County has the lowest at 2.4 percent. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties and in all 15 metro areas.