New unemployment numbers show further decline in the Stephens County unemployment rate.
According to the September figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor this week, the preliminary unemployment rate in September for Stephens County was 8.5 percent. That is six-tenths of a percent down from the county’s revised August unemployment rate of 9.1 percent.
In addition, Stephens County’s total labor force increased by 131 people from August to September, while the number of employed increased by 204 people and the number of unemployed dropped by 73.
The revised rate for this past September is also 1.4 percent lower than the September 2011 revised rate of 9.9 percent.
However, the total labor force in September is down by 136 from September 2011, though 59 more people are employed and 195 fewer people are unemployed.
Elsewhere around the region, Franklin County’s unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percent to 9.9 percent, Habersham County’s unemployment rate went down by almost a full percent to 8.2 percent, and Banks County’s unemployment rate dropped six-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 percent.
On the regional level, the Georgia Mountains region, which includes Stephens County, saw its preliminary unemployment rate drop half a percent in September to 7.2 percent, with an increased labor force, more people employed, and fewer people unemployed.