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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hickory fell 2.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 15.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Hickory peaked in April 2020 at 18.2% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Hickory unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
North Carolina 12.9% 0.0 +8.9
Hickory 15.4% -2.8 +11.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 29,387. There are now 4,278 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Hickory 25,109 -4,278 +18,411

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hickory, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 12.9% 15.4% 25,109
April
2020
14.7% 12.9% 18.2% 29,387
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 4.3% 7,382
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 3.4% 5,970
January
2020
3.6% 3.6% 3.5% 6,155
December
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.4% 6,024
November
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.5% 6,137
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.6% 6,269
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.6% 6,402
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.7% 6,526
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.8% 6,628

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.