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Metro jobless rate drops to 8.3 percent

Metro jobless rate drops to 8.3 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to 8.3 percent in Februray.

That's down from 8.7 percent in January and well under the jobless rate of 9.3 percent from February a year ago.

Clayton County's unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in February.

The new numbers were released early Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

Officials say the rate declined because the number of jobs increased and there were fewer new layoffs.

The number of jobs in metro Atlanta increased by 6,400, climbing to 2.37 million from 2.36 million in January.

Most of the growth was in professional and business services, and education and health care. Some seasonal jobs were lost in trade, transportation and warehousing.

The metro Atlanta unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted.

State Road and Tollway Authority announces new head

State Road and Tollway Authority announces new head

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- A longtime lawyer for various state agencies was named Wednesday to head the State Road and Tollway Authority.

SRTA's board unanimously appointed Chris Tomlinson, who has been serving as the agency's deputy executive director and general counsel, to succeed Gena Evans as executive director. 

In his current role, Tomlinson was providing oversight of day-to-day operations as well as legal issues for SRTA, which operates Georgia's toll roads. 

Before joining SRTA, he served as general counsel for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Technology Authority, Georgia Building Authority, State Properties Commission and Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission. 

Tomlinson has a bachelor's degree from Morehouse College and a law degree from Georgia State University. 

Evans is leaving the state government after heading both SRTA and, before that, the DOT. 


Season comes to an end for top-ranked Lakers in Elite Eight

San Antonio, TX -- The No. 1 ranked Clayton State women's basketball team's season came to an end Tuesday at the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, falling 81-68 to #24 Augustana in San Antonio, TX on the campus of St. Mary's University.

Augustana led 32-25 at halftime of the game before exploding in the first seven minutes of the second half to take control of the game at Bill Greehey Arena. The Vikings went on a 24-8 run to open the period and took a 23-point lead, 56-33, on a three-pointer by Ashley Johnson with 13:08 remaining in the game.
The Lakers made a furious comeback late in the second half to cut it to single digits but were unable overcome the early second half deficit. The loss ends a historic season for the Lakers, which entered the game on a 32-game winning streak, the best in school history.

Riverdale to host Easter Egg Hunt

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Bring the kids and join your neighbors for a community Easter Egg Hunt hosted just for you. 

Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon is hosting the City of Riverdale's annual Easter Egg Hunt extravaganza on March 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Riverdale Town Center. 

Bring your Easter basket and get ready for some fun. The event features photos with the Easter Bunny, a Bounce House, music and fun for all. 

The event will be held in front of City Hall, which is located at 7280 Church Street. 

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

Judges needed for high school speech/debate

Judges needed for high school speech/debate

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayette County School Board member Barry Marchman is looking for speech/debate judges from the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteers will judge debates as part of a high school tournament in Jonesboro. The event will be held Apr. 4-6.

Anyone who wants to sign up is asked to visit ncfcaregistration.com. Write "Marchman" in the reference section.

Judges are needed for several types of speeches. See them all at ncfca.org.

'Chicago Fire' star surprises Clayton County firefighters

'Chicago Fire' star surprises Clayton County firefighters

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The NBC prime time show "Chicago Fire" captures the essence of life as a firefighter.

That's according to the experts -- real Clayton County firefighters.

"The language, camaraderie, even the things on call -- it's like, are they actors or real life firemen?" firefighter Antonio Merkersen said.

But more than being in love with the show, Clayton County's firefighters are in love with the profession.

"The brotherhood, camaraderie is a neat thing, and you get to chase fire and help people," Jeff Maday said.

Maday is a couple months shy of his one-year anniversary with the department, but claims he's not like the rookie on "Chicago Fire."

"I think I'm a lot better than Peter is!" he joked.

Little did Maday know that he was about to meet the actor who plays rookie Peter. Charlie Barnett had just arrived at the firehouse during a special preview of the latest "Chicago Fire" episode.