Unemployment rates in the Hickory Metro area and across most of the state decreased according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The most recent report shows the November unemployment rates.
Catawba County's jobless rate is 3.2 percent, that's down from 3.4 percent in October. Alexander County is showing a 2.8 percent unemployment rate for November, following a 3.2 percent figure in the previous report. Burke County shows a jobless rate of 3.3 percent, down from 3.5. Caldwell County's unemployment rate fell from 3.8 percent in October to its current 3.5 percent.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.2 percent, down from 3.5 percent in the previous report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the sixth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, down from 3.6 percent in the previous report. Jobless rates decreased in 92 of the North Carolina's 100 counties in November, increased in four, and remained the same in four. Hyde County has the highest unemployment rate at 9.8 percent and Buncombe County has the lowest at 2.5 percent.