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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 155,100 jobs in Hickory, North Carolina in October 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 170,022 employed persons for the month. Hickory lost 100 jobs in October 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 466 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Hickory job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 155,100 -100 -400
CPS 170,022 +466 +1,114

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 31,700 jobs have been lost in Hickory according to the employer survey. From a trough of 141,500 in February 2010, Hickory has gained 13,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 183,802 for Hickory in July 2000. 13,780 jobs have been lost in Hickory since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 146,550, Hickory has added 23,472 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2019

Hickory, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2019 155,100 -100 170,022 466
September 2019 155,200 300 169,556 290
August 2019 154,900 200 169,266 -55
July 2019 154,700 -300 169,321 50
June 2019 155,000 0 169,271 -33
May 2019 155,000 -400 169,304 -56
April 2019 155,400 400 169,360 -3
March 2019 155,000 -500 169,363 -57
February 2019 155,500 -700 169,420 277
January 2019 156,200 800 169,143 246
December 2018 155,400 -800 168,897 -40
November 2018 156,200 700 168,937 29