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Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Rockdale County's unemployment rate was 7.6 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

Rockdale County career fair brings together jobseekers and employers

Rockdale County career fair brings together jobseekers and employers

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County government connected local jobseekers with hiring employers across metropolitan Atlanta at the county’s career fair on Friday, Apr. 11 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Rockdale Career Academy.

More than 600 jobseekers came from all over Rockdale, neighboring communities and as far away as Alpharetta, to meet with nearly 50 employers looking to fill positions within the next 3-6 months. Lines for the career fair formed before the doors opened with many people eager to find job opportunities. Many jobseekers came prepared with resumes in hand and dressed smartly. The career fair was a huge success with 400 jobseekers coming through the doors by 11:30 a.m. that morning.

Rockdale County wins Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Rockdale County wins Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

CONYERS, Ga. – The Rockdale County Department of Finance recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2012.

“The award acknowledges the fiscally-responsible practices taking place in Rockdale County,” Chairman and CEO Richard Oden said. “I commend our Finance Department on its ongoing dedication to ensuring the financial integrity of our County.”

For the fifth consecutive year, GFOA recognized Rockdale in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

(WXIA) -- Few foods say "summer" like baby back ribs, and Shane's Rib Shack wants to celebrate the change in seasons with free summertime food.

On Saturday, May 17, participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give away a free half-rack of baby back ribs and a 20-ounce drink to the first 100 customers. The lucky diners will also receive rib giveaway T-shirts.

"Our fifth annual rib giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane's Rib Shack what it is today," chain founder and president Shane Thompson said in a release.

Shane's Rib Shack opened its first location 12 years ago in McDonough and now has 70 restaurants in 12 states.

Visit shanesribshack.com for more information.

College and Career Readiness: Rockdale County

College and Career Readiness: Rockdale County

ATLANTA – We now have the latest information on how well Georgia students are performing academically.

The Georgia Department of Education released its latest College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) Monday morning.

The CCRPI measures on a scale from 1-100 how schools are performing. It adds another 10 points to schools with students enrolled in high-level academic courses or with high performing students in certain areas, including special education, those learning English and in high poverty areas.

To make sure there is an "apples to apples" comparison of the scores, the state has revised last year's numbers to make them more in-line with this year's calculations.

The state first released the CCRPI in 2012 as a new statewide accountability system. The release of the scores in May 2013 was considered a "study year." The DOE received feedback from school district and this year revised the CCPRI.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Volunteers encouraged to sign up for 2014 Great American Cleanup

Volunteers encouraged to sign up for 2014 Great American Cleanup

CONYERS, Ga. – Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) announces the return of the Great American Cleanup (GAC) on Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Pine Log Park Pavilion, 1500 Ga. Highway 138, Conyers.

The half-day event, which KCRB hosts in partnership with the City of Conyers and Rockdale County government, encourages citizens to pick up garbage, tires and other debris around the community, and teaches youth about the importance of litter prevention and recycling as much of the materials collected as possible.

KCRB invites civic and neighborhood groups, businesses, Boy and Girl Scout troops, churches, youth groups, individuals, and families to participate in GAC. Volunteers are encouraged to send a representative from their group to the park’s pavilion to check in and pick up supplies beginning at 9 a.m. on the day of the cleanup.