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Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Fulton County's December unemployment rate was 7.3 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

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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, Jan. 29, 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: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

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* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

Pike Nurseries to host free 'Houseplants for a Healthy 2015' class

Pike Nurseries to host free 'Houseplants for a Healthy 2015' class

ATLANTA -- Not only do houseplants bring in much needed color during the bare winter months, but they also play an important health role by improving air quality! Research has revealed that certain common houseplants can actually create a cleaner environment by releasing oxygen and removing contaminants – like formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia – from a room’s air efficiently.

To help customers create a cleaner, greener and healthier home, Pike Nurseries is hosting a FREE “Houseplants for a Healthy 2015” customer class at all garden center locations onSaturday, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m.

During the informational seminar, guests will learn about houseplant health benefits, popular plant options and proper care guidelines. With expert tips from Pike Nurseries, guests can keep their homes healthy and “green” all year-round!

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Rep. Mike Dudgeon joins Education Reform Commission

Rep. Mike Dudgeon joins Education Reform Commission

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R-Johns Creek) to the new Education Reform Commission.

The commission will study Georgia's education system and recommend improvements. Deal announced the group's creation during his recent State of the State address.

"My primary focus throughout my eight years as an elected public official has been to help public education in Georgia," Dudgeon said. "I believe my background as a former school board member, an entrepreneur, and my openness to new models of funding and educational delivery will help the commission succeed in its mission to implement education reforms where it's needed in our great state."

The commission is chaired by former University of Georgia president Chuck Knapp. It will deliver its suggestions to the governor no later than Aug. 1.

Fulton County can help unemployed citizens with job searches

Fulton County can help unemployed citizens with job searches

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Office of Workforce Development served over 41,163 job seekers in 2014, with 4,564 participating in onsite recruitment orientations and job readiness workshops.

The workshops teach participants how to set career and education goals, conduct job searches, develop strategies for making the best impression during the first interview and succeeding in any subsequent interviews. Job seekers also learn how to dress for success.

Specific services available for dislocated workers range from financial support to help in finding a job or retraining for a new career. Citizens considered dislocated workers include those who may have lost jobs because of terminations.  Some unemployed workers may have faced layoffs or received “notices of termination or layoff." Additionally, they are unlikely to return to their previous jobs or industry because of:

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

ATLANTA -- The new year comes with many resolutions. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can actually be achieved from the ground up – in the garden!

To help gardeners of all levels welcome 2015 with more than just a bountiful harvest, Pike Nurseries offers the top three garden resolutions for a healthy, wholesome and nutritious New Year!

1. Improve Health with Houseplants