Stephens Co. Unemployment Rises In July

Unemployment figures from the Department of Labor show an increase in the unemployment rate last month in Stephens County.

According to figures released last week, Stephens County had a preliminary unemployment rate of 9 percent in July.

That marks a two-tenth of a percentage point increase from the revised June rate of 8.8 percent.

State Labor Department officials report StephensCounty’s labor force decreased slightly in July from about 13,270 to 13,225.

Meanwhile, the number of employed dropped in StephensCounty in July to 12,040 from June’s 12,105.

The number of unemployed in July in StephensCounty rose slightly to 1,185 in July from 1,168 in June.

This July’s preliminary unemployment rate is four tenths of a percentage point lower than the revised rate for July 2012 of 9.4 percent.

When comparing this July to July 2012, the labor force is only 20 less than it was last year, while 44 additional people were employed this year and 64 fewer people were unemployed this year.

Looking at neighboring counties, Franklin County’s preliminary unemployment rate jumped four tenths of a percentage point in July to 11.1 percent; Habersham County saw its preliminary July unemployment rate drop a tenth of a percentage point to 9 percent; and Banks County’s preliminary unemployment rate also dropped a tenth of a percentage point to 6.6 percent.