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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.

Clayton County's unemployment rate was 8.6 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.

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Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Missing teen in Clayton County found


JONESBORO, Ga. – Missing teen in Clayton County found

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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.

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MARTA to begin Clayton Co. bus service in March


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- MARTA says at least two bus lines are expected go into service in Clayton County on March 21, 2015.

Collection of the transportation tax is set to begin on March 1, with the new bus lines going into service later in the month, according to media relations officer Lyle Harris.

Harris says the routes that will run have not been determined yet.

He says hearings will be held in early December to allow Clayton County residents to have some input before establishing the bus routes. Harris said they expect to have at least two, but "more likely" three routes running by March 21.

Day care teacher arrested for Simple Battery


(WXIA) -- A day care teacher was arrested and charged with Simple Battery against a child Friday afternoon.

The Clayton County Police Department arrested Alexis J. Wilson-Britten, of Jonesboro, for Simple Battery against a two-year-old.

Wilson-Britten is a teacher at Kids R Kids Day Care Center, which is located at 1357 Lakeridge Parkway in Riverdale.

She is accused of kicking a child in an attempt to push the child away.

According to authorities, video surveillance recording from inside Wilson-Britten's classroom revealed footage consistent with the accusation.

The care remains an ongoing investigation.

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.