With a continued decline in the labor force, Franklin County’s unemployment rate dropped a tad in October.


According to preliminary numbers released Nov. 15, Franklin’s jobless rate fell by one-tenth of 1 percent in October, from 2.8 to 2.7 percent, with seven people leaving the jobless rolls, which now number 132.


The labor force shrank by 77 workers, from .4,968 in September to 4,891 in October. The workforce remained larger than one year ago, when it was at 4,790, the jobless rolls at 143 were lightly larger, and the unemployment rate was a tad higher at 3.0 percent.


The unemployment rate in Gulf County dropped from 3.8 to 3.5 percent, while in Bay it declined from 3.0 to 2.9 percent.


The Franklin County unemployment rate was better than both the national average, which was 3.3 percent in October, and the state average, which was 2.9 percent.


Franklin’s October numbers tied it for ninth best in the state, together with Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Lafyette, Martin, Nassau, Santa Rosa and Sarasota Ahead of these were five counties – Orange, Pinellas, Seminole and Wakulla counties, each at 2.6 percent; Walton and St. Johns at 2.4 percent; Okaloosa at 2.3 percent; and Monroe County, the best in the state, at 2.0 percent.