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Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Register early for November 4 general election

Register early for November 4 general election

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections encourages residents to register to vote or to update their information to ensure they will have a smooth voting experience. The voter registration deadline is Monday, October 6.

In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, and also at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

(WXIA) -- For the second year in a row, Delta Community Credit Union will sponsor the brass | Media Student Program, which brings financial literacy skills to classrooms across metro Atlanta.

Teachers can register for the program at studentprogram.com. Atlanta-based Delta Community's partnership with the Student Program has helped it reach more than 200,000 students in 159 schools.

One local educator -- Michael Young, a Career & Technical Education teacher at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County -- was the 3,000th teacher nationwide to sign up for the program. He said it has strengthened his students' understanding of money and possible career paths, and has helped them prepare for college.

Airport trains forced out of service for a time Friday


ATLANTA -- Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport say the train system is back after going down for a period on Friday afternoon.

Officials said the system went offline at about 2:35 p.m., due to a computer failure. An on-site technician began to work to restore service. In the meantime, Atlanta Police officers, airport security teams and other staff worked to assist the flow of passengers.

In a statement, airport communications director Reese McCranie said the system has a 99.8 percent reliability rate. Before full service was restored, McCranie said, a safety run of the system was conducted.

McCranie said service was restored at about 4 p.m.

The 12-car rail system runs three miles between each of the concourses and each of the terminal facilities.

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GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

Workforce Investment Act Board Task Force meeting scheduled for Monday

Workforce Investment Act Board Task Force meeting scheduled for Monday

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System – Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) Board Development, Visibility and Influence Committee Task Force will meet on Monday, August 18 at 2 p.m. in the Adamsville Regional Health Center on the second floor.

The Adamsville Regional Health Center is located at 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta.

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and 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.

Fulton County Fire: Residents with disabilities should have fire safety plan

Fulton County Fire: Residents with disabilities should have fire safety plan

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- According to data from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey (ACS) there are approximately 45,000 adults in Fulton County living with self-care difficulty or independent living difficulty. The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department (FCFRD) encourages residents with disabilities to understand their risk and to follow a fire safety checklist to help protect themselves and their homes from fire.

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“We encourage our residents to have a sound fire safety and escape plan,” said Chief Larry Few of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “It is vitally important to make and practice escape plans.”