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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hickory fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Hickory peaked in February 2010 at 14.9% and is now 11.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Hickory unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
North Carolina 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
Hickory 3.7% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 19,881 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 954. Hickory employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hickory, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Hickory 6,437 -265 -68

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hickory, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.7% 6,437
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.8% 6,702
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.7% 6,455
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.2% 5,749
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.2% 5,667
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.1% 5,483
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 5,947
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.4% 5,908
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 3.6% 6,319
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.5% 6,169
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.8% 6,684

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.