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Fulton unemployment rises to 9.3 percent

Fulton unemployment rises to 9.3 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent in December, up from 8.0 percent in November.

In Fulton County, the unemployment rate rose to 9.3 percent. It was 8.9 percent in November.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rise was due to a number of factors, including an increase in first-time claims for unemployment insurance and an increase in the labor force as more people search for jobs.

Metro Athens had the area's lowest unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region was highest at 11.4 percent.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

Atlanta, Ga.-- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is here. This week's changes can be found in the top ten, but there is no change at the top spot.

The North Gwinnett girls lead this week's list followed by unbeaten Parkview, Norcross, Wesleyan and Columbia in the top 5.

Buford is 6th, with Stephenson, Tucker, Miller Grove and North Cobb rounding out the top 10.

This week Duluth moves up from 21st to 17th, while Creekview rises from 25th to 21st.

Woodstock and McEachern join the countdown this week, while McIntosh and Mill Creek fall out of the Super 25.

The USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

Atlanta, Ga-- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll is here. One of this week's big movers is in the third position, but no changes in the top 2.

The Columbia Boys are still on top, with Miller Grove 2nd, and Marist moving from 5th to 3rd this week. Greater Atlanta Christian and North Cobb complete the top 5.

Hillgrove is 6th this week, with Shiloh, Norcross, North Gwinnett and Eagle's Landing rounding out the top 10.

The Grady boys are big movers this week rising from 21st to 15th, while Morrow slides from 15th to 23rd.

The USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll is computer generated and produced exclusivley for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive. Com  

Fulton County to conduct homeless count with its Dekalb and Atlanta Tri-Jurisdictional partners

Fulton County to conduct homeless count with its Dekalb and Atlanta Tri-Jurisdictional partners

HUD to use count to determine official numbers for the homeless population and to establish funding allocations

The Metro Atlanta Tri-Jurisdictional (Tri-J) Collaborative on Homelessness wants volunteers to help count the homeless.  The count conducted by Tri-J, which includes Fulton, Dekalb and Atlanta will take place on Monday, January 28, 2013 beginning with volunteer registration and training at 11:30 p.m.  The actual count will be conducted from 1:00 a.m. until 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.  If inclement weather occurs, the alternate date for the count will be January 30, 2013.

No-work workout has clients shaking, believing

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Karin Holben considers herself a skeptic, but she is sold on a new kind of workout.

"I think I've missed one day since I started coming, and I feel amazing," she said. 

She's become a regular at the first studio in metro Atlanta that's dedicated to GOGA, which stands for Get On, Get Active. The key is a whole-body vibration machine.

"As the platform moves, it throws your body off balance just a little bit so your muscles contract," said Lorie Scheer, owner of GOGA Studios in Alpharetta. "So you get about 4,000 to 6,000 muscle contractions in a 10-minute session"

It's designed to produce the same results as if you spent an hour at the gym, with an emphasis on toning and strengthening.

49ers Promote Wesleyan Alum Hall for NFC Title Game

Atlanta--The San Francisco 49ers promoted WR Chad Hall from the team's practice squad.Hall (5-8, 187) was originally signed to the 49ers practice squad on November 27 and later released on December 15. He was re-signed to the practice squad on December 17.

Hall entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 11, 2010. He was later released by the Eagles on September 4, 2010 and signed to Philadelphia's practice squad a day later. The Eagles promoted Hall to the active roster on October 10, 2010, and he went on to play in eight games (one start).

Hawks Lou Williams suffers torn ACL

ATLANTA, GA -- Hawks guard Lou Williams experienced a right knee sprain during Atlanta's game last night at Brooklyn. X-rays taken during the game at the Barclays Center were negative. An MRI and examination today by Dr. Michael Bernot at Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta revealed a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

"We are extremely disappointed for Lou and our thoughts and support will be with him during his recovery," said President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry. "He has been a complete professional in every sense of the word and know that approach, along with his work ethic, will serve him well in his rehabilitation."