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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hickory fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Hickory peaked in April 2020 at 18.1% and is now 13.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Hickory unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
North Carolina 4.8% -0.2 -8.7
Hickory 4.7% -0.2 -10.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 29,898. There are now 21,806 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Hickory employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hickory, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Hickory 8,092 -339 -17,914

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hickory, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 4.7% 8,092
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.9% 8,431
March
2021
6.0% 5.2% 5.1% 8,756
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 5.3% 9,265
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 5.5% 9,593
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 5.7% 9,892
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 6.1% 10,538
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.5% 11,351
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 7.1% 12,231
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 6.5% 11,079
July
2020
10.2% 8.8% 9.0% 15,497

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.