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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hickory fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Hickory peaked in December 2009 at 14.8% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Hickory unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
North Carolina 4.2% 0.0 +0.4
Hickory 3.9% 0.0 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Hickory, North Carolina, National

Hickory, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Hickory, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hickory peaked in February 2010 at 25,984. There are now 19,072 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,013 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 899. Hickory employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hickory, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Hickory 6,912 -3 +871

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hickory, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.2%
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.9% 6,912
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.9% 6,915
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.8% 6,762
April
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.8% 6,621
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.7% 6,537
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.6% 6,370
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.6% 6,305
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.5% 6,151
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.5% 6,142
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 6,098

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.