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Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Fulton County's November unemployment rate was 7.3 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

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Atlanta Streetcars ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Tuesday

ATLANTA – Residents will get their first chance to hop aboard one of Atlanta's new streetcars on Tuesday.

The city will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Woodruff Park stop at 11 a.m. for the Atlanta Streetcars.

Each of the four cars is built to hold 60 passengers. They'll run along a three mile track on the city's east side.

Mayor Kasim Reed says everyone is invited to ride for free for the first three months.


The unveiling comes just in time for the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and New Year's Eve festivities on Wednesday.

'Share a Moment of Love this Holiday' with a senior

ATLANTA -- Georgia's nursing home leaders are inviting the public to stop by a local senior community during the holidays this year and spend time visiting with residents living in one of the state's many skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities.

The Georgia Health Care Association's annual “Share a Moment of Love this Holiday” campaign, which helps people learn how the gift of time can be a wonderful present, is being celebrated until Sunday, Jan. 3.   

“We’re all so busy during the holiday season that sometimes it is easy to forget just how much it means to spend a moment with a special person,” said Jon Howell, president & CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association. “Chance are that we all know someone who does not need another 'thing', but the gift that would mean the most to them is a visit, a moment of love.”

“Giving the gift of time, along with a hug and smile, can mean the world to so many people,” Howell added.

GBI: Suspicious materials found at Ga. Dome

ATLANTA -- Authorities say some suspicious materials were found during a sweep of the Georgia Dome before the Atlanta Falcons game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

According to Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Sherry Lang, the material included PVC pipe and wires. No explosives were found.

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Hosea Feed the Hungry hosts Christmas wedding

ATLANTA -- It's one of Atlanta's most generous holiday traditions: Hosea Feed the Hungry serves a hot meal to thousands in need every Christmas Day. But Thursday's crowd wasn't just guests at the annual event; it also included wedding guests.

Jerald Lowe and his new wife, Nicole, chose the special wedding venue for a specific reason.

"We said we want to get married where we actually met at and it was Hosea," Nicole Lowe said.

It's not only where they found each other, but where they found hope to turn life around. Both were homeless when they walked through Hosea's door.

Hosea CEO Elisabeth Omilami says her work is less about giving away meals and more about nourishing lives and finding ways to get people standing steady with jobs, homes and, eventually, families.

Atlanta Streetcars set to roll Dec. 30

ATLANTA -- The long anticipated Atlanta Streetcars will be on track just in time for the New Year, according to the mayor's office.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's office confirmed on Tuesday that they've received the final state and federal safety approvals needed to get operational by New Year's Eve.

The streetcars are set to roll on Dec. 30.

Atlanta Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who sits on the transportation committee, says some turnover on the project has delayed things, but says there has been consistent effort to move forward. She says the administration will do everything they can to avoid another delay.

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.