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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 154,600 jobs in Hickory, North Carolina in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 165,288 employed persons for the month. Hickory added 1,100 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 297 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Hickory job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 154,600 +1,100 +7,900
CPS 165,288 +297 +9,089

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 187,100. Since then 32,500 jobs have been lost in Hickory according to the employer survey. From a trough of 133,200 in April 2020, Hickory has gained 21,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 183,416 for Hickory in August 2000. 18,128 jobs have been lost in Hickory since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 135,392, Hickory has added 29,896 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Hickory, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 154,600 1,100 165,288 297
June 2021 153,500 1,700 164,991 454
May 2021 151,800 600 164,537 -72
April 2021 151,200 500 164,609 50
March 2021 150,700 300 164,559 19
February 2021 150,400 -100 164,540 283
January 2021 150,500 -100 164,257 347
December 2020 150,600 800 163,910 684
November 2020 149,800 -200 163,226 997
October 2020 150,000 1,500 162,229 1,410
September 2020 148,500 1,000 160,819 1,974
August 2020 147,500 800 158,845 2,646