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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 155,600 jobs in Hickory, North Carolina in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 169,775 employed persons for the month. Hickory lost 600 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 288 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Hickory job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 155,600 -600 +1,800
CPS 169,775 +288 +1,629

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 June 2000 at 186,800. Since then 31,200 jobs have been lost in Hickory according to the employer survey. From a trough of 141,500 in February 2010, Hickory has gained 14,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 184,155 for Hickory in July 2000. 14,380 jobs have been lost in Hickory since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 146,535, Hickory has added 23,240 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Hickory, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 155,600 -600 169,775 288
January 2019 156,200 800 169,487 -808
December 2018 155,400 -800 170,295 -855
November 2018 156,200 700 171,150 673
October 2018 155,500 600 170,477 1,369
September 2018 154,900 200 169,108 832
August 2018 154,700 -200 168,276 -688
July 2018 154,900 200 168,964 -400
June 2018 154,700 100 169,364 361
May 2018 154,600 800 169,003 1,077
April 2018 153,800 100 167,926 -124
March 2018 153,700 -100 168,050 -96