Stephens Co. Unemployment Up in June

The preliminary June unemployment numbers show a rise in the unemployment rate for StephensCounty.

According to the figures released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor, StephensCounty had a preliminary unemployment rate of 8.8 percent in June.

That marks a seven-tenth of a percentage point jump from the revised May rate of 8.1 percent.

In addition, June’s preliminary numbers also show a drop in the county’s labor force of about 100 from May, while the number of employed dropped by nearly 190 people and the number of unemployed rose by 84.

The preliminary unemployment rate for this June is seven-tenths of a percentage point lower than the revised June 2012 rate of 9.5 percent.

In addition, this June’s labor force in Stephens County is slightly larger than that of last June, while the number of employed is up by about 150 from last June and the number of unemployed is down by about 80 from last June.

Elsewhere in the region, FranklinCounty’s preliminary June unemployment rate rose a full percentage point to 10.8 percent; HabershamCounty saw its preliminary unemployment rate go up eight-tenths of a percentage point in June to 9.2 percent; and BanksCounty had a six-tenth of a percentage point increase in its June unemployment rate, rising to 6.7 percent.

State Labor Department officials attribute the rising unemployment rates to large numbers of education workers being listed as unemployed during the summer months and new graduates that are considered unemployed until they find a job.