Recently released figures from the Georgia Department of Labor show mixed unemployment numbers for Stephens County.
According to the August figures, Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate in August was 9.4 percent, which is down three-tenths of a percent from the revised July rate of 9.7 percent.
However, the number of employed in Stephens County also went down from July to August as 114 fewer people were listed as employed in August in Stephens County than in July.
The labor force also declined in August in Stephens County, with 164 fewer people in the labor force as compared to July.
Those trends are comparable to August 2011 in Stephens County. This August’s unemployment rate is a full percentage point lower, but there are fewer people in the labor force and fewer people employed when compared to a year ago.
The number of unemployed did decrease in August when compared to both July and August 2011 in Stephens County.
Looking elsewhere around the region, Franklin, Habersham, and Banks counties all saw similar trends in August. Franklin County had a preliminary August unemployment rate of 10.6 percent, while Habersham County’s rate was 9.2 percent and Banks County’s rate was 6.7 percent.
Overall, the Georgia Mountains region, which includes Stephens County, also saw drops in the unemployment rate, labor force, number of employed, and number of unemployed. The Georgia Mountains region had a preliminary August unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.