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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.

Fayette 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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Ga. health rankings: Fayette County

Ga. health rankings: Fayette 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.

Fayette is Georgia's 3rd healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 3rd for quality of life, 4th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 1st for clinical care, 3rd for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 158th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Fayette County:

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.

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

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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.”

 

Peachtree City police to hold Coffee With a Cop

Peachtree City police to hold Coffee With a Cop

Peachtree City, GA -- The Peachtree City Police Department is inviting the community to come out and connect with their officers during a "Coffee With a Cop" event planned for Monday, March 23 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Starbucks in the Peachtree East Shopping Center off Highway 54. Police officials say the event will allow them to further open their lines of communications with citizens.

 

Algerians hijack newspaper's website


FAYETTEVILLE, Ga -- A local newspaper says its website was the victim of a cyber-terrorist from Algeria. TheCitizen.com was hijacked for nearly an hour, and attack that crippled the site and left a cryptic message behind.

The FBI is looking into a complaint from The Citizen that the hackers deleted critical software files, including archives and a backup to the archives.

Newspaper Publisher Cal Beverly said the hackers used an Algerian IP address. The message they left on the website was a pro-Muslim, anti-US and anti-Israel rant that included the flags of Algeria and Palestine.

The cryptic message said "Muslims Are Not Terrorists. Tell Your Gov, To Know About Palestine, We Will Continue Hacking The Sites".