Department of Numbers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 146,600 jobs in Hickory, North Carolina in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 161,208 employed persons for the month. Hickory added 700 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 945 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Hickory job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 146,600 +700 +200
CPS 161,208 +945 +3,422

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Hickory, North Carolina Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Hickory as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Hickory, North Carolina

CES employment for Hickory peaked in August 2000 at 186,900. Since then 40,300 jobs have been lost in Hickory according to the employer survey. From a trough of 141,700 in February 2010, Hickory has gained 4,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 184,155 for Hickory in July 2000. 22,947 jobs have been lost in Hickory since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 146,535, Hickory has added 14,673 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Hickory, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 146,600 700 161,208 945
November 2016 145,900 -400 160,263 192
October 2016 146,300 -200 160,071 1,007
September 2016 146,500 -500 159,064 928
August 2016 147,000 -700 158,136 -801
July 2016 147,700 400 158,937 -260
June 2016 147,300 1,000 159,197 -155
May 2016 146,300 -1,500 159,352 -763
April 2016 147,800 500 160,115 -200
March 2016 147,300 200 160,315 1,301
February 2016 147,100 600 159,014 1,200
January 2016 146,500 100 157,814 28