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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 152,200 jobs in Hickory, North Carolina in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 165,070 employed persons for the month. Hickory added 100 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 140 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Hickory job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 152,200 +100 +2,500
CPS 165,070 +140 +2,968

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 34,700 jobs have been lost in Hickory according to the employer survey. From a trough of 141,500 in February 2010, Hickory has gained 10,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 184,155 for Hickory in July 2000. 19,085 jobs have been lost in Hickory since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 146,535, Hickory has added 18,535 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Hickory, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 152,200 100 165,070 140
February 2017 152,100 -200 164,930 362
January 2017 152,300 900 164,568 639
December 2016 151,400 600 163,929 158
November 2016 150,800 -100 163,771 187
October 2016 150,900 -700 163,584 266
September 2016 151,600 300 163,318 393
August 2016 151,300 700 162,925 418
July 2016 150,600 100 162,507 259
June 2016 150,500 300 162,248 270
May 2016 150,200 300 161,978 64
April 2016 149,900 200 161,914 -188