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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.

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.

Zoo Atlanta to hold 2 job fairs

Zoo Atlanta to hold 2 job fairs

ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta is preparing to hire for seasonal positions.

The zoo is looking for "dependable, enthusiastic and independent job seekers" to work as cashiers, sales associates, ride attendants, education instructors and more.

Zoo Atlanta will host two jobs fairs this week. The first will be Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the zoo. Applicants are asked to bring résumés.

The second fair will be Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 99 West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead.

Visit zooatlanta.org for more information.

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:

Coweta County
* 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.

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit will be featured on the new season of A&E documentary series "The First 48."

The television program follows detectives as they search for clues and interview witnesses in the first two days of a murder investigation. It has profiled police departments across the country, including DeKalb County.

"The First 48" crews filmed Atlanta's Homicide Unit members as they investigated and solved homicides throughout the city.

RELATED | Atlanta Police Department hires 24 new officers

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:

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.