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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 157,100 jobs in Hickory, North Carolina in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 170,466 employed persons for the month. Hickory added 500 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,358 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Hickory job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 157,100 +500 +4,000
CPS 170,466 +1,358 +3,845

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 29,800 jobs have been lost in Hickory according to the employer survey. From a trough of 141,500 in February 2010, Hickory has gained 15,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 184,155 for Hickory in July 2000. 13,689 jobs have been lost in Hickory since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 146,535, Hickory has added 23,931 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Hickory, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 157,100 500 170,466 1,358
September 2018 156,600 500 169,108 832
August 2018 156,100 500 168,276 -688
July 2018 155,600 0 168,964 -400
June 2018 155,600 400 169,364 361
May 2018 155,200 500 169,003 1,077
April 2018 154,700 500 167,926 -124
March 2018 154,200 -200 168,050 -96
February 2018 154,400 -100 168,146 1,053
January 2018 154,500 700 167,093 675
December 2017 153,800 500 166,418 26
November 2017 153,300 200 166,392 -229