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Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Clayton County's unemployment rate was 9.4 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Police: Clayton Co. teen sets off homemade bomb


RIVERDALE -- Clayton Co. Police say a 16-year-old teen set off a homemade bomb at his Riverdale home Wednesday night.

The teen was arrested and charged with Possession/Manufacture of a Destructive Device, Reckless Conduct and Explosive Materials. He was released to his parents.

According to Clayton County Police, the teen detonated a homemade explosive, which made out of common household chemicals.

It happened on the 800 block of Cedar Bend Ct. just before 10 p.m. It was the teen's mother who called the police after she noticed smoke and fire.

As a precaution, residents who live nearby were evacuated. Bomb sniffing dogs were also brought in.

No one was hurt.

Police searching for 2 men who robbed a McDonald's


RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Authorities are searching for two men believed to be connected to an armed robbery.

The robbery took place Tuesday evening at the McDonald's on 7480 Old National Highway.

While customers were inside, two men wearing masks walked in. After the robbery, the two men then ran into a wooded area behind the McDonald's.

Police units set up a search in the area and then were told that one of the suspects was inside a residence on 2385 Lake Royale Drive. A search warrant was obtained, and a SWAT team was called to set up outside of the residence, however, no one was found inside.

Investigators are working the incident.


Resident shoots attempted burglar, three others arrested


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga -- An attempted robbery Tuesday morning has led to the arrest of three teenagers with another being treated for a gun shot wound at a local hospital.

Both the robbery and shooting took place at the Laurel Park Apartments around 3 a.m. According to authorities, the resident shot at one of the teens while the others ran from the scene.

The resident called the police, who were able to track down all four teenagers in the same complex.

Three of the teens were taken into custody while the wounded teenager was taken Atlanta Medical Center. The victim is alert, conscious and breathing.

No information has been released on the burglary suspects.

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

Police: Father arrested after 3 kids left in hot car


RIVERDALE, Ga. – Police say three children were left in a hot car in the parking lot of a Walmart in Clayton County on Thursday.

According to Riverdale Police Chief Samuel Patterson, the children, ages 8, 5 and a baby about 3 to 4 months old, were left unattended in a vehicle as their father, 26-year-old Lorenzo Nelson, went into the store.

When Nelson returned to the car, police say he tried to hide a small amount of marijuana. He was arrested on child cruelty and marijuana possession charges. He was transported to Clayton County Jail.

The children were examined by first-responders and left in the care of DFCS, according to Patterson. The children's mother came to the scene and wanted to take them, but authorities denied that request until DFCS could assess the situation.

Man arrested for leaving baby in car at Clayton County courthouse

Man arrested for leaving baby in car at Clayton County courthouse

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Forest Park man is behind bars after allegedly leaving his 3-month-old daughter inside of his car while going to court.

Courtney Lamont Kidd, 37, was arrested at the Clayton County courthouse Monday afternoon and charged with felony child cruelty.

He had his first court appearance Tuesday at 10 a.m., where his bond was set at $20,000. He is also not allowed to have contact with his daughter.

A source inside the Clayton County Courthouse told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander that the child was in the car for a short period of time before a good Samaritan spotted her, taking it upon herself to get the child out of the car. The woman then took the baby inside of the courthouse, where she was treated.

Monday evening, Alexander spoke with Kidd's mother at their Forest Park home. The mother declined to tell the child's name, but said the baby was in her care and "doing just fine."