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Georgia jobless rate drops below double digits in April

Georgia jobless rate drops below double digits in April

ATLANTA -- Georgia's unemployment rate declined to 9.9 percent in April.

This is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.0 percent in March.

"Not only is this the first time in nearly two years that Georgia's unemployment rate has dipped into the single digits, but this is also the third consecutive month of job growth," said state labor commissioner Mark Butler. "This developing trend shows increasing confidence in the economy."

The last time the state's rate was below 10 percent was in June 2009, when it was 9.8 percent.

There were job increases over both the month and year. April saw the addition of 3,834,100 payroll jobs, up 30,1000 from March.

Most of the new jobs were added in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, trade, educational and health services, and construction.

The number of long-term unemployed workers continues to decline.

STONE MOUNTAIN: Exclusive 11Alive deal at Park

STONE MOUNTAIN: Exclusive 11Alive deal at Park

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Trees, lawns having a rough time recovering after winter

ATLANTA - After one of the hottest summers on record in 2010 followed by Atlanta's "Snowmageddon" last January, homeowners across north Georgia are having a rough time getting their lawns to green up and look good this spring.

Many lawns and yards are having a tough time recovering from the double-whammy brought by the weather. Some plants may find themselves with dead branches, or even die off completely without some help.

Landscape companies like TruGreen and others across the area suggest that homeowners take special care of their yards this spring, and keep a few hints in mind.

Ronald Hart Named to Barron’s 2011 “Top 100 Financial Advisors”

Ronald Hart Named to Barron’s 2011 “Top 100 Financial Advisors”

ATLANTA, GA May 17, 2011 – Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced today that Ronald Hart, a managing director of the Hart Group in the Firm’s Atlanta office, has been named to Barron’s annual list of America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors.

The “Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients. Investment performance is not an explicit criterion.

“I am extremely proud that Ron Hart is representing Morgan Stanley Smith Barney on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Atlanta office.

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

Immigrant contributions to the U.S. Economy



A new SBA Office of Advocacy sponsored report by Robert W. Fairlie examines the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy. Some of its findings are:

    Immigrants are nearly 30 percent more likely to start a business than are nonimmigrants, and they represent 16.7 percent of all new business owners in the United States.

    Immigrant business owners make significant contributions to business income, generating $67 billion of the $577 billion in U.S. business income, as estimated from 2000 U.S. Census data. They generate nearly one-quarter of all business income in California—nearly $20 billion—and nearly one-fifth of business income in New York, Florida, and New Jersey.

    Nearly 30 percent of all business owners in California are immigrants, compared with about 12.5 percent of the population of U.S. business owners.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.