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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.

Bartow County's unemployment rate was 6.2 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.

Ga. health rankings: Bartow County

Ga. health rankings: Bartow County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Bartow is Georgia's 63rd healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 62nd for quality of life, 49th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 51st for clinical care, 50th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 98th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Bartow County:

Cartersville Medical Center to offer free oral cancer screenings

Cartersville Medical Center to offer free oral cancer screenings

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Cartersville Medical Center will offer free oral, head and neck cancer screenings early next month.

Local doctors will perform the screenings on Friday, Apr. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the hospital's Hope Center.

Last year, more than 100,000 Americans were diagnosed with head and neck cancers, according to Cartersville Medical Center. Warning signs include mouth sores that don't heal, persistent mouth pain, difficulty chewing and swallowing, a sore throat, and changes in the voice. Many patients do not recognize the symptoms until it is too late.

Visit cartersvillemedical.com for more information.

Cartersville Medical Center is located at 960 Joe Frank Harris Parkway.

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.

Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”

 

Worker killed at Cartersville plant


CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – A 40-year-old man was killed in an industrial accident at a Cartersville business in northwest Georgia Tuesday.

Police say the employee was cleaning a plastics mixing machine at Syncot Plastics on South Erwin Street early Tuesday when he got caught and dragged into the machine. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.


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.

Bartow County's unemployment rate was 6.5 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.