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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hickory rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Hickory peaked in February 2010 at 14.9% and is now 11.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Hickory unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
North Carolina 3.6% -0.2 -0.9
Hickory 3.2% +0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 26,318. There are now 20,647 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,483 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 188. Hickory employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hickory, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Hickory 5,671 +188 -1,753

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hickory, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.2% 5,671
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.1% 5,483
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.4% 5,947
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.4% 5,908
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.6% 6,319
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.5% 6,169
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 3.8% 6,684
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 6,815
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.7% 6,505
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 6,817
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 7,373

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.