Stephens County sees a slight drop in its unemployment rate in the month of February.
Labor Department numbers released this week by the state show that Stephens County had a preliminary February unemployment rate of 6.8 percent.
That is one tenth of a percentage point lower than the revised January unemployment rate of 6.9 percent and 1.7 percentage points down from the revised February 2013 unemployment rate of 8.5 percent.
Stephens County’s labor force totaled 12,900 in February, up by almost 100 from January but still about 300 individuals lower than the county’s February 2013 labor force.
This February, just over 12,000 people in Stephens County were employed, up by about 100 from January but about 40 less than February 2013.
Looking at other area counties, Franklin County’s preliminary February unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.3 percent; Habersham County saw its preliminary February unemployment rate drop four tenths of a percentage point to 6.7 percent; and Banks County’s preliminary unemployment rate for February showed a drop of two tenths of a percentage point to 5.6 percent.