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Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Clayton County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

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Officials: Package at Mt. Zion High not dangerous


CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – Hundreds of Clayton County parents were put on alert Wednesday morning after a suspicious package was found on the campus of Mount Zion High School.

School officials contacted authorities at about 10 am. All of the students were evacuated and sent across the street to the performing arts center.

Initially, parents thought it was a bomb threat.

Dozens of parents showed up to the school, but they were not allowed to pick up their children.

"I got a notice from Clayton County Messenger saying there was a bomb threat," said parent Angel Watley. "So he said they were not checking any kids out, but I'm going to stay here until I find out what's going on, and for them to release my son."

Authorities said the bomb squad found two suitcases with clothes on campus. They were looking into who put them on campus, and who they belonged to.

Ga. health rankings: Clayton County

Ga. health rankings: Clayton County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Clayton is Georgia's 38th healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 66th for quality of life, 78th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 129th for clinical care, 122nd for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 157th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Clayton County:

Woman shot at Fulton County sports bar

Woman shot at Fulton County sports bar

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A woman who was shot at a south Fulton County sports bar Monday morning is expected to survive her injuries.

The shooting happened shortly after 4 a.m. at the 50 Yard Line in the 7400 block of Old National Highway.

Fulton County Police spokeswoman Kay Lester said the 22-year-old victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. She was alert and conscious when medical personnel arrived. Her name has not been released.

No one has been arrested, according to Lester. The investigation continues.

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Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

MARTA returns to Clayton County Saturday

MARTA returns to Clayton County Saturday

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- For many in Clayton County, the wait is finally over. MARTA bus service is scheduled to begin Saturday.

C-TRAN, Clayton County's former bus service, hasn't been in operation since 2010. MARTA is expecting heavy ridership -- about 12,000 trips per day, due in large part to the county's demographics. Nearly 25 percent of Clayton County residents live below poverty level, and 7.2 percent don't have a household vehicle.

It's the very first new county expansion in MARTA's 35-year history. Last November, Clayton County residents voted to join DeKalb and Fulton counties by authorizing a penny sales tax for MARTA service.

Krispy Kreme welcomes spring with new donuts

Krispy Kreme welcomes spring with new donuts

(WXIA) -- Spring is right around the corner, and local Krispy Kreme restaurants will roll out three new donuts to celebrate.

Between Mar. 23 and Apr. 5, Krispy Kreme customers can order:

Chick: A yeast Kreme-filled shell dipped in yellow icing, topped with granulated sugar, and hand-decorated like a baby chick

Egg: A yeast egg-shaped shell filled with chocolate Kreme and hand-decorated with colored icing

Chocolate-Iced with Spring Spinkles: A glazed ring dipped in chocolate and topped with colorful sprinkles

Visit krispykreme.com to find your nearest location.