The first month of 2013 in Stephens County brings mixed results on the unemployment front.
According to figures released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate for January was 9.5 percent. That is four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised December 2012 rate of 9.1 percent.
However, those state Labor Department numbers also show that the number of employed rose from 11,869 to 11,940. According to the Department of Labor, the total labor force grew in Stephens County from December to January, resulting in increases in both the number of employed and the number of unemployed.
Meanwhile, Stephens County’s preliminary January unemployment rate is six-tenths of a percentage point lower than the revised January 2012 rate of 10.1 percent. In addition, Stephens County had a larger labor force with more employed and fewer unemployed this January than in January 2012.
Elsewhere, Franklin County’s preliminary January unemployment rate was 11.2 percent, Habersham County’s preliminary unemployment rate in January was 9.6 percent, and the preliminary unemployment rate in January in Banks County was 7 percent.
The Georgia Mountains region, which includes Stephens County, had a preliminary January unemployment rate of 8 percent, up from a revised December rate of 7.6 percent.