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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.

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

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".

Police warning shoppers about mother-daughter thieves


FAYETTEVILLE, GA (WXIA) -- Fayette County Police are warning shoppers all around the metro area about a mother-daughter duo they say have stolen more than a dozen wallets from unsuspecting grocery shoppers in at least three counties.

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Police said surveillance video shows the suspect, Carla Clifton, who authorities say is on the run. They arrested her 16-year-old daughter Thursday morning, and say more family members could be involved.

Police say Clifton is the ringleader in a string of wallet snatchings that date back to the fall – many of them caught on surveillance video.

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.

Fayette 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.

Public help sought in Fairburn cold case murder

Public help sought in Fairburn cold case murder

FAIRBURN, GA (WXIA) -- Police are asking for the public's help with an unsolved murder in Fayette County.

A Fairburn woman with cerebral palsy was shot and killed during a burglary more than two years ago.

Betty Brown is still grieving two years and seven months after she lost her granddaughter Denice Roberts in a senseless act of violence.

The two had been inseparable for 44 years, since Denice was born with cerebral palsy.

In August 2012, they came home from running errands and surprised an unknown number of burglars.

As the intruders drove off in a white vehicle, they fired at the two, who were cowering on the front

porch.

"She was shot in the left side of the face," Betty said.

Denise died instantly but her memory lives on throughout the house -- her photos, her doll collections, equestrian awards.