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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 2022 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Hickory peaked in April 2020 at 19.1% and is now 15.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Hickory unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
North Carolina 3.4% 0.0 -1.5
Hickory 3.4% 0.0 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 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 April 2020 at 31,307. There are now 25,471 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,602 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 234. Hickory employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hickory, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Hickory 5,836 -73 -2,183

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hickory, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 3.4% 3.4% 5,836
June
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.4% 5,909
May
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.3% 5,722
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.3% 5,625
March
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.3% 5,602
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 5,783
January
2022
4.0% 3.9% 3.6% 6,165
December
2021
3.9% 4.1% 3.9% 6,636
November
2021
4.2% 4.2% 3.9% 6,619
October
2021
4.6% 4.4% 4.0% 6,723
September
2021
4.7% 4.5% 4.2% 7,097

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.