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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.

Fayette County's unemployment rate was 5.5 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.

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.

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest and most dangerous.

The top 10 safest cities in Georgia:

1. Holly Springs
2. Johns Creek
3. Milton
4. Flowery Branch
5. Tyrone
6. Grovetown
7. Peachtree City
8. Folkston
9. Jefferson
10. Hampton

The top 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia:

1. College Park
2. East Point
3. Atlanta
4. Americus
5. Garden City
6. Union City
7. Albany
8. Brunswick
9. Hapeville
10. Eastman

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Fayette County's unemployment rate was 5.6 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Peachtree City police chief resigns

Peachtree City police chief resigns

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- More than two months after accidentally shooting his former wife while she slept, Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom has stepped down.

"It was my pleasure to serve with the men and women of the Peachtree City Police Department in the capacity of assistant chief and chief," McCollom said in a statement posted to the city's website. "The city of Peachtree City has every reason to be proud of their police department as the personnel are both competent and professional. I wish each of them the best as they continue to serve the citizens."

School: Bomb threat at McIntosh High School just a drill

School: Bomb threat at McIntosh High School just a drill

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- A spokesman from the principal's office at McIntosh High Schood tells 11Alive News the bomb threat police were investigating Monday morning was part of a drill.

During the drill, officers searched the school with bomb-sniffing dogs, according to a Fayette County Public Schools spokesperson.

The building was not evacuated, but students were kept in their classrooms during the search.

Police: NY juveniles suspected in fake 911 call

Police: NY juveniles suspected in fake 911 call

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – Authorities have say two juveniles in New York are suspected of triggering a SWAT team response in Peachtree City.

On Friday, a SWAT team responded to a call of a person saying that he had shot his mother, tied up his father and brother, and was going to shoot the police upon their arrival.

After several hours, police realized the call was fake -- another dangerous instance of the practice known as "swatting."

"The dispatcher reported shots in the background which made officers very, very concerned and we had to deploy resources appropriately," said Lt. Mark Brown of the Peachtree City Police Department.

Investigators were able to track the call to an apartment in the Bronx, N.Y., and found two juvenile suspects. New York Police Department Detectives were notified and are now interviewing the juveniles.