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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 February 2018 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Hickory peaked in January 2010 at 14.8% and is now 11.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Hickory unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
North Carolina 4.5% 0.0 -0.3
Hickory 3.7% -0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 26,281. There are now 19,773 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,480 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 28. Hickory employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hickory, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Hickory 6,508 -303 -1,113

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hickory, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployment Rate
Hickory
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.7% 6,508
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 6,811
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.3% 7,456
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.3% 7,354
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.1% 7,125
September
2017
4.2% 4.4% 4.0% 6,946
August
2017
4.4% 4.4% 4.0% 6,826
July
2017
4.3% 4.4% 3.8% 6,480
June
2017
4.3% 4.4% 3.9% 6,595
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.2% 7,203
April
2017
4.4% 4.6% 4.4% 7,488

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.