Stephens Co. Unemployment Drops in March

The March figures from the Georgia Department of Labor indicate a drop in the Stephens County unemployment rate.

Those figures were released earlier this week.

They put Stephens County’s preliminary March unemployment rate at 6.4 percent.

That is four-tenths of a percentage point lower than the revised February rate of 6.8 percent and 1.6 percentage points lower than the revised March 2013 unemployment rate of 8 percent.

State Labor Department figures stated that Stephens County’s labor force for March totaled 12,876. That compares to a labor force of 12,890 in February and a labor force of 13,128 in March 2013.

Of the 12,876 in the March labor force, the Labor Department lists 12,053 as employed and 823 as unemployed.

In February, the Labor Department listed 12,018 as employed and 872 as unemployed, while in March 2013, the Labor Department says 12,072 were employed and 1,056 were unemployed in Stephens County.

Looking at neighboring counties, Franklin and Habersham counties also saw drops in their unemployment rates.

Franklin County has a preliminary March unemployment rate of 7.7 percent and Habersham County’s preliminary March unemployment rate is 6.2 percent.

Meanwhile, Banks County saw its preliminary March unemployment rate stay the same, coming in again at 5.5 percent.