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Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Neighborhood makes sure sick kid gets late Halloween


ATLANTA -- Four-year-old Ryan Ehildil loves Darth Vader. His pet hermit crab is named after the Star Wars villain. Every Halloween, he dons his mini Darth Vader costume. But this year, instead of trick-or-treating, he was stuck at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Ryan's parents took him in when his fever spiked. He had pneumonia and fluid on his lungs. There was surgery and complications, and Ryan missed Halloween.

While mulling his loss of loot, he was visited by Darth Vader. Ryan took a little while to warm up to Vader, and initial photos show him looking less than enthusiastic. But by the time the villain left, the two had made a pact: Vader would take him trick-or-treating when he was well enough to leave the hospital. It finally happened this Saturday.

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Fulton County opens comment period for Annual Draft Action Plan

Fulton County opens comment period for Annual Draft Action Plan

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County wants citizen review and comment on its Annual Action Plans and Consolidated Plan.  The Consolidated Plan requires local governments receiving federal funds directly from HUD, to determine strategies, community needs, long and short-term objectives, resources and proposed projects for submission as a combined planning and application document.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Armed robber hits Forsyth County gas stations


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Forsyth County Sheriff's officials believe one suspect is responsible for two recent gas station robberies on McFarland Parkway.

The first incident happened Oct. 7 at the RaceTrac in the 900 block. The second occurred Wednesday at the Chevron in the 700 block.

Surveillance cameras in both locations captured images of the suspect, described as a black man in his late 20's or early 30's. He is about 6 feet tall and 170 to 200 pounds. He wore track suits in both robberies.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to call the sheriff's office at 678-513-5920.

Fulton County to host Manpower recruitment at North Fulton Career Center

Fulton County to host Manpower recruitment at North Fulton Career Center

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The North Fulton Workforce Development Career Center will host an onsite Recruitment session in partnership with Manpower on Wednesday November 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The North Fulton Career Center is located at 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.

Manpower will be conducting application sessions and screening for Member Care Agents (Call Center/Banking), Maintenance Mechanics, Machine Adjusters, and Forklift Operators. The recruitment is a partnership between Fulton County and Manpower to find qualified employment candidates for available positions.  For more information, call 404-613-6381.
 
Position description and requirements include:

Member Care Agents (Call Center/Banking):  Location: South Atlanta
 
Employment Requirements