Department of Numbers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 142,500 jobs in Hickory, North Carolina in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 156,369 employed persons for the month. Hickory added 200 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 150 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Hickory job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 142,500 +200 -13,000
CPS 156,369 +150 -14,024

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 44,300 jobs have been lost in Hickory according to the employer survey. From a trough of 126,400 in April 2020, Hickory has gained 16,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 183,802 for Hickory in July 2000. 27,433 jobs have been lost in Hickory since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 131,945, Hickory has added 24,424 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Hickory, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 142,500 200 156,369 150
October 2020 142,300 1,300 156,219 3,515
September 2020 141,000 1,600 152,704 1,860
August 2020 139,400 -400 150,844 161
July 2020 139,800 1,100 150,683 1,845
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