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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 140,800 jobs in Hickory, North Carolina in July 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 151,387 employed persons for the month. Hickory added 2,100 jobs in July 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,549 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Hickory job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 140,800 +2,100 -15,100
CPS 151,387 +2,549 -17,941

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 46,000 jobs have been lost in Hickory according to the employer survey. From a trough of 126,400 in April 2020, Hickory has gained 14,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 183,802 for Hickory in July 2000. 32,415 jobs have been lost in Hickory since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 131,945, Hickory has added 19,442 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2020

Hickory, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2020 140,800 2,100 151,387 2,549
June 2020 138,700 7,300 148,838 9,913
May 2020 131,400 5,000 138,925 6,980
April 2020 126,400 -28,800 131,945 -31,986
March 2020 155,200 -800 163,931 -6,521
February 2020 156,000 200 170,452 236
January 2020 155,800 100 170,216 -329
December 2019 155,700 200 170,545 152
November 2019 155,500 0 170,393 230
October 2019 155,500 100 170,163 259
September 2019 155,400 100 169,904 288
August 2019 155,300 -600 169,616 288