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Jobless rate rises in June

Jobless rate rises in June

ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in June.

That's up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in May, according to state labor commissioner Mark Butler.

"The unemployment rate inched up slightly because of normal seasonal factors, primarily involving the end of the school year," Butler said. "Non-contract school workers such as bus drivers, lunchroom and janitorial workers are usually laid off during the summer school break."

The loss of 12,400 seasonal jobs in state and local public school systems accounted for the bulk of the 14,600 payroll jobs lost throughout the state.

"Also, new graduates began searching for jobs and are counted as unemployed while doing so," Butler said.

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Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

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People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

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Clayton unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

Clayton unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

ATLANTA -- The unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta rose to 9.7 percent in May 2011, according to Georgia labor commissioner Mark Butler.

This is up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in April.

Butler said the rate rose for two reasons. More than 21,000 new job seekers entered the labor force, but only about 15,000 of them found jobs. Also, Atlanta had a net loss of 900 jobs; an increase of 1,100 jobs in manufacturing and construction was offset by a loss of 2,000 service-related jobs.

The lowest area unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in the Dublin area, at 12 percent.

Clayton County's unemployment rate was 12 percent.

May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent in April.

Camp teaches kids financial literacy

Camp teaches kids financial literacy

FOREST PARK - It's banking time.

Layla, 8, has a dollar to deposit and Kendall, 8, has $21.

They patiently stand in line at their day camp to give their money to an official with Fidelity Bank.

The amount is not important. They know they're taking an important step.

"So you can save your money when you need it," said third grade student Kendall.

That's point of this day at the camp called Young Masterminds of Atlantalocated in Evangel Temple Bible Church in Morrow.

They're learning enrichment skills, such a writing and mathematics, but the primary focus is on life skills such as financial literacy as a way to avoid the pitfalls adults face.

"If you have that kind of entrepreneur concept at a younger age it can help alleviate some of the problems that come along the way," said Shatavia Amey, who co-founder Young Masterminds with Achie Hare-McEachern,