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Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to meet Thursday

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to meet Thursday

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System – Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The meeting will be held  at the Adamsville Regional Health Center, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta. 

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

WIA helps Georgia move toward a comprehensive, customer-focused workforce investment system where job seeker and employer customers alike can access a wide range of workforce-related tools and information needed to manage their work activities. Services are provided through a network of one-stop centers statewide.

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

2 arrested, 1 tased after carjacking and chase in Atlanta

2 arrested, 1 tased after carjacking and chase in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Two teenage suspects were arrested after a carjacking and police chase in Atlanta Thursday morning.

The carjacking occurred on Fitzgerald Street in northeast Atlanta. Police later spotted the stolen car near Turner Field and initiated a chase.

Atlanta Police said they caught up to the car at the Park Commons Apartments in the 150 block of Peyton Place in southwest Atlanta.

Four suspects tried to run; two were captured. Both were charged with auto theft, and fleeing and attempting to elude police. Because they are minors, their names have not been released.

Investigators said a third suspect was tased by police and also suffered a laceration to the head. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police are now searching for the fourth suspect.

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest and most dangerous.

The top 10 safest cities in Georgia:

1. Holly Springs
2. Johns Creek
3. Milton
4. Flowery Branch
5. Tyrone
6. Grovetown
7. Peachtree City
8. Folkston
9. Jefferson
10. Hampton

The top 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia:

1. College Park
2. East Point
3. Atlanta
4. Americus
5. Garden City
6. Union City
7. Albany
8. Brunswick
9. Hapeville
10. Eastman

Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner Appointed to Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors

Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner Appointed to Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors

On February 4, 2015, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners appointed Commissioner Joan P. Garner, District 4, to serve on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

 

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine,” stated Commissioner Joan P. Garner. “This is an exciting time to be part of an endeavor that will enhance and connect the communities located along the BeltLine in District 4.” 

Members of the Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors shall initially serve staggered terms of two (2) years and after the initial terms have expired, serve for a term of four (4) years (subject to the concurrent service requirements set forth herein).

 

Healthy lawns begin with soil testing

Healthy lawns begin with soil testing

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nutrient rich soil makes it possible to have a beautiful lawn and blooming flowers. Developing and maintaining productive soils begin with soil testing. Soils tests provide information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants.

“Cooperative Extension is able to help residents with their gardening questions,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We are equipped to assist residents in having their soil tested by the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension office.”