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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 150,500 jobs in Hickory, North Carolina in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 163,108 employed persons for the month. Hickory lost 0 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 623 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Hickory job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 150,500 0 -5,200
CPS 163,108 +623 -7,344

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 36,600 jobs have been lost in Hickory according to the employer survey. From a trough of 133,200 in April 2020, Hickory has gained 17,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 183,802 for Hickory in July 2000. 20,694 jobs have been lost in Hickory since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 131,945, Hickory has added 31,163 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Hickory, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 150,500 0 163,108 623
January 2021 150,500 -100 162,485 5,616
December 2020 150,600 800 156,869 572
November 2020 149,800 -200 156,297 78
October 2020 150,000 1,500 156,219 3,515
September 2020 148,500 1,000 152,704 1,860
August 2020 147,500 800 150,844 161
July 2020 146,700 2,900 150,683 1,845
June 2020 143,800 5,400 148,838 9,913
May 2020 138,400 5,200 138,925 6,980
April 2020 133,200 -22,000 131,945 -31,986
March 2020 155,200 -500 163,931 -6,521