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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.

Paulding County's unemployment rate was 5.5 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.

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Mother looks for answers a year after son's murder


DALLAS, Ga -- Investigators in Paulding County have run out of leads in a cold-blooded murder case.

Cody Bryant was shot and killed in his bed last February and his mother is crying for help to find his killer.

Bryant, 20, was sleeping in his bed on February 10, 2014 when someone broke into his home on Ivey Gulledge Road in Dallas. There is no good time for murder but the killer couldn
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t have picked a worse time for his mother and for investigators.

Ga. health rankings: Paulding County

Ga. health rankings: Paulding County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Paulding is Georgia's 14th healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 49th for quality of life, 12th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 68th for clinical care, 12th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 121st for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Paulding County:

Clues elusive in Paulding County murder

Clues elusive in Paulding County murder

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- More than a month after a 20-year-old Paulding County man was shot to death in his home, investigators have yet to obtain any credible leads. They are now asking the public for help.

Cody Bryant was murdered Feb. 10 in his house on Ivey Gulledge Road. He was shot in the head while he slept.

Paulding County Sheriff's Cpl. Ashley Henson said investigators hope someone in the community has the information they need to make a break in the case.

Anyone who knows anything about Bryant's death is asked to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters who provide information leading to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

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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.

Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”

 

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Paulding County's unemployment rate was 5.6 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.