Stephens Co. Unemployment Up in December

2012 ends with an increase in the unemployment rate for Stephens County.

According to figures released this week by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate for December came in at 9.2 percent.

That is six-tenths of a percent higher than the revised November rate of 8.6 percent.

In the month of December, the labor force decreased to 13,079, down from 13,140 in November, while the number of unemployed increased to 1,202, up from 1,130 in November.

The preliminary December unemployment rate of 9.2 percent is three-tenths of a percent lower than the revised rate for December 2011, which was 9.5 percent. The labor force, number of employed, and number of unemployed all went down from December 2011 to December 2012.

Looking elsewhere around the region, Franklin County’s preliminary December unemployment rate rose three-tenths of a percent to 10.5 percent, Habersham County’s preliminary unemployment rate jumped nine-tenths of a percent to 9 percent, and the preliminary December unemployment rate in Banks County went up half a percentage point to 6.6 percent.

Franklin, Habersham, and Banks counties also saw similar trends as Stephens County with the labor force, number of employed, and number of unemployed, except for the labor force in Banks County, which increased slightly.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Mountains region, which includes Stephens County, had a preliminary unemployment rate of 7.6 percent in December, up from the revised November rate of 7.1 percent, but down from the December 2011 revised rate of 8 percent.