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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC metropolitan statistical area (MSA) had a civilian employment of approximately 154,110 as of May 2018 according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics survey (excluding self-employed and household workers). The greater Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC labor market experienced employment decline of about 2.31% (157,760 to 154,110) in the 10-year period from 2008 to 2018.  This is in comparison to the 7.06% national employment growth during the same period.  The 2018 labor market estimate of 154,110 for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC MSA is comprised of the following: 4,850 (3.15%) in management occupations; 3,660 (2.37%) in business and financial operations occupations; 1,250 (0.81%) in computer and mathematical occupations; 1,720 (1.12%) in architecture and engineering occupations; 440 (0.29%) in life, physical and social science occupations; 1,980 (1.28%) in community and social service occupations; 340 (0.22%) in legal occupations; 7,810 (5.07%) in education, training and library occupations; 970 (0.63%) in arts, design, entertainment, sports and media occupations; 9,230 (5.99%) in healthcare practitioners and technical occupations; 6,560 (4.26%) in healthcare support occupations; 3,330 (2.16%) in protective service occupations; 12,680 (8.23%) in food preparation and serving related occupations; 3,100 (2.01%) in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations; 3,550 (2.30%) in personal care and service occupations; 15,390 (9.99%) in sales and related occupations; 19,820 (12.86%) in office and administrative support occupations; 60 (0.04%) in farming, fishing and forestry occupations; 3,510 (2.28%) in construction and extraction occupations; 7,160 (4.65%) in installation, maintenance and repair occupations; 32,740 (21.24%) in production occupations; 13,960 (9.06%) in transportation and material moving occupations.

Major employers (i.e. employers with 1,000+ employees) in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC metropolitan area include the following: Catawba County Schools; Frye Regional Medical Center; Comm/Scope; Alex Lee, Inc.; Hickory Springs; Century Furniture; Catawba Valley Medical Center; Sherrill Furniture; Catawba County Government; Burke County Schools; Carolinas HealthCare Blue Ridge; Broughton Hospital; J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center.

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Whether serving as your vocational rehabilitation counselor, consultant or expert witness, Dr. Hankins will make use of his specialized knowledge of the greater Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC labor market to ensure that his professional opinions about individuals’ employment and earning potential are based on accurate, reliable information.  In a clinical context, this maximizes the likelihood of helping clients to identify appropriate vocational goals and developing a rehabilitation plan that will allow them to achieve their employment aspirations. In a forensic context, this enables Dr. Hankins to conduct thorough, independent vocational and rehabilitation economic evaluations that culminate in the attainment of defensible conclusions about the degree of vocational disability and/or economic loss attributable to the injury or incident of interest in a case.  Please contact Hankins & Hankins Vocational Consulting today to learn how we can be of help!