Stephens Unemployment Drops in Nov.

The latest unemployment figures from the Georgia Department of Labor show that Stephens County’s unemployment rate declined last month.

According to the preliminary unemployment figures for November, Stephens County’s rate dropped to 8.6 percent last month from 8.9 percent, which was the revised rate for the county in October.

Labor Department figures show that both the number of employed and unemployed dropped slightly in Stephens County in November, as the total county labor force also showed a slight decrease.

Meanwhile, the November preliminary unemployment rate for Stephens County of 8.6 percent is also down from the revised rate from last November, which was 9.2 percent.

The number of employed this November is almost exactly the same as last November, while the number of unemployed is down slightly with a small increase in the labor force.

The Georgia Mountains Region, which includes Stephens County, had a preliminary unemployment rate of 7.1 percent, down slightly from October’s 7.2 percent and also down from last November’s revised rate of 7.8 percent. Labor Department officials said the regional rate declined because of fewer new layoffs, represented by first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits.

Elsewhere around the region, Franklin County saw its preliminary unemployment rate drop two-tenths of a percent in November to 9.8 percent, Habersham County’s preliminary unemployment rate last month dropped four-tenths of a percent to 8.2 percent, and Banks County’s preliminary unemployment rate went down two-tenths of a percent in November to 6 percent.