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Hickory area unemployment rate nears pre-pandemic levels; numbers down to 4.3 percent in Catawba County
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Hickory area unemployment rate nears pre-pandemic levels; numbers down to 4.3 percent in Catawba County

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Unemployment in the Hickory area continued to fall in April, according to the most recent county-level data from the state.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area — which includes Catawba, Burke, Caldwell and Alexander counties — fell from 4.4% in March to 4.2% in April.

This modest decrease came after a month in which the rate fell by 1%.

The rate is inching closer to pre-pandemic levels. In March 2020, before the full brunt of the pandemic was reflected in the jobs numbers, the region had an unemployment rate of 3.7%, with slightly lower rates in the preceding months.

Burke County saw the largest drop in unemployment of the four counties. Burke had a 4% rate in April, down from 4.4% the previous month.

Alexander County’s unemployment rate went up slightly from 3.9% in March to 4.2% in April.

Unemployment in Catawba County fell from 4.5% to 4.3%, and Caldwell’s rate dropped from 4.7% to 4.5%.

Kevin Griffin is the city of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

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