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DeKalb County Unemployment Rate is at 10.5

DeKalb County Unemployment Rate is at 10.5

DeKalb County, GA--  State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Atlanta area decreased to 10.2 percent in February, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.4 percent in January. The jobless rate in the metro Atlanta area in February 2010 was 10.7 percent. DeKalb County's rate of unemployment is 10.5

The February rate decreased because there were 16,400 new jobs mostly in the service-related industries. construction, and manufacturing.

Unemployment rates decreased in 20 of the state’s 25 local areas, with five area rates remaining unchanged.  At 7.7 percent, metro Athens recorded the state’s lowest rate, while metro Dalton  had the highest at 12.2 percent.  

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was also 10.2 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point, from a revised 10.3 percent in January.

Atlanta New Media Notes for March 31, 2011

Atlanta New Media Notes for March 31, 2011

Several new media things jump out today... Facebook is such an amazing tool for tracking legislation going through the legislative process. The Sunday Sales/Senate Bill 10 may or may not be before the Rules Committee today. Advocates such as Rich Sullivan and co. are at the Georgia State Capitol now Tweeting and posting Facebook updates about this one bill's progress.

Lobbyista, media, advocates and ordinary folk, take note! You could save tons on tasseled loafer polishing costs by not having to hoof it along the hallways of the Gold Dome. Watch and learn from the comfort of your connection.

'Like' 11Alive, win an iPad 2!

'Like' 11Alive, win an iPad 2!

ATLANTA -- 11Alive is giving away an iPad 2 to one of its biggest fans during the month of April.

To register to win, simply "like" 11Alive on Facebook and then click on the sweepstakes tab on the left-hand side of the page.

The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 27. Good luck!

GCPD Awarded “2010 Statewide DUI Agency of the Year” by Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers

GCPD Awarded “2010 Statewide DUI Agency of the Year” by Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers

Gwinnett County, Ga.--  (submitted by Gwinnett Police PIO)  Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (M.A.D.D.) awarded the Gwinnett County Police Department DUI Task Force the “2010 Statewide DUI Agency of the Year” award. This award was presented to the DUI Task Force at the 7th Annual Golden Shield Banquet in Atlanta. This was achieved through dedication and hard work from the officers assigned to the task force and was selected over several other well respected agencies throughout the state.


Georgia Force Staff volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Georgia Force Staff volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Gwinnett County, Ga.-  (submitted by Matt Wilson)

Cheerleaders and staff were out in “Force” once again last Saturday, working with Habitat for Humanity.

It was a beautiful sunny day in Atlanta as Force members volunteered their time to a great cause. Several cheerleaders put their balance to the test by working in the rafters, ensuring the structural safety of the house. Others worked to make the home beautiful and keep it dry for years to come by installing siding around the house. They were not alone, however. The Force group worked with dozens of volunteers from all over Atlanta who gave their time to make a difference in their community.

The build ran from early morning to about 3 pm when Habitat leaders were extremely pleased with the progress made by the volunteer groups.

Last Chance to Receive Amnesty from Traffic Tickets, March 31st deadline

Gwinnett County--  Individuals with outstanding traffic citations in Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court have until the end of March to settle citations issued as far back as 1983 without additional penalty.

The Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court, located at 115 Stone Mountain Street in Lawrenceville, is offering an amnesty program that gives individuals an opportunity to resolve outstanding traffic citations without additional penalty through March 31, 2011. Bench warrants and the $25 bench warrant fee will also be recalled for those who resolve their cases during the amnesty period.

To find out the citation amount, the citation number and whether or not the citation requires a court appearance, call 770.822.8815.

For those who do not require a court appearance, individuals can pay their fines via mail with a money order or appear at the Recorder’s Court and pay by cash, money order, credit or debit card.

For The First Time, World-Renowned Yoga Master Sadhguru Vasudev Presents “Inner Engineering” Program

For The First Time, World-Renowned Yoga Master Sadhguru Vasudev Presents “Inner Engineering” Program

Thousands Expected for Rare Opportunity to Learn Life-Changing Yoga Practice Directly from One of India’s 50 Most Influential People


When: Saturday, May 14; Sunday May 15, 2011

Where: SPB Hall, 5331 Royal Woods Parkway, Tucker, GA 30084


What: For the first time in 25 years, world-renowned yogi Sadhguru Vasudev will personally conduct the Inner Engineering Shambhavi Mahamudra program in a specially constructed two-day format.


Inner Engineering is a combined online and in-person program for self-empowerment and personal growth derived from the ancient science of yoga. This scientifically structured program presents simple but powerful processes from the yogic tradition to purify the human physiological system and increase health and inner well-being.


An initial seven-part online course prepares pa