Stephens County sees its unemployment rate rise in July.
Figures released this week by the Georgia Department of Labor put Stephens County’s preliminary July unemployment rate at 7.9 percent.
That is seven-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised June unemployment rate of 7.2 percent.
While Stephens County’s preliminary July unemployment rate was higher than June, it is six-tenths of a percentage point lower than the revised rate for July 2013 of 8.5 percent.
Meanwhile, the number of employed in Stephens County in July was 12,120. That is down from 12,237 in June but up from July 2013’s figure of 11,993.
Also, the total Stephens County labor force in July was 13,163. That is down from 13,189 in June, but it is up from 13,107 in July 2013.
Neighboring counties also saw increases in their unemployment rates in July.
Franklin County’s preliminary unemployment rate went up 1.2 percentage points to 9.7 percent in July, Habersham County saw its preliminary July unemployment rate rise five-tenths of a percentage point to 7.6 percent, and Banks County’s preliminary unemployment rate for July was up four-tenths of a percentage point to 6.6 percent.