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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 154,700 jobs in Hickory, North Carolina in April 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 168,041 employed persons for the month. Hickory added 500 jobs in April 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 9 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Hickory job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 154,700 +500 +900
CPS 168,041 -9 +1,457

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 32,200 jobs have been lost in Hickory according to the employer survey. From a trough of 141,500 in February 2010, Hickory has gained 13,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 184,155 for Hickory in July 2000. 16,114 jobs have been lost in Hickory since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 146,535, Hickory has added 21,506 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2018

Hickory, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2018 154,700 500 168,041 -9
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
October 2017 153,100 -500 166,621 -203
September 2017 153,600 200 166,824 359
August 2017 153,400 100 166,465 158
July 2017 153,300 -400 166,307 -149
June 2017 153,700 100 166,456 -14
May 2017 153,600 -200 166,470 -114