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Friday, May 17, 2013 -- 1:54 pm EDT
By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
Another month of strong economic data has been released by the Georgia Department of Labor showing some of the best unemployment figures for the state since the early days of the recession.
From March to April the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 8.4% to 8.2%, considerably lower than the 9.1% in April last year and the best state-wide mark since December 2008. Georgia added more than 31,000 jobs last month, many in the construction industry which has experienced its best year-to-year job growth since 2007.
Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia’s economy would recover more quickly if not for regulations imposed by the federal government;
"I think if Georgia is left to our own designs I think we are well on our way to a really good recovery. Most of the complaints that I hear right now from Georgia businesses across the state have more to do with alot of the more heavier-handed regulation side from the federal government. I believe if we saw a little bit better cooperation out of the federal government along with the good atmosphere we provide for businesses here in Georgia from the state-side, I think we would really see the economy improve at a lot quicker rate."
On the negative side layoffs increased by nearly 5,700 from March to April, though Butler says it’s common for that to occur this time of year, possibly due to the end of income tax season.
County-by-county unemployment data will be released by the Georgia Labor Department next week.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 -- 4:18 pm EDT
By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)
A joint operation of local law enforcement in Polk County netted a dozen retail stores that were selling alcohol to minors.
Cedartown Assistant Police Chief James Newsome says a number of underage sworn jail officers from surrounding counties participated in the sting of all establishments in the county that has package alcohol sales. Businesses in Rockmart, Aragon, Cedartown, and unincorporated communities were all hit by the operation and of those, 12 were issued citations.
“It depends on which jurisdiction you're under because since this was a countywide cooperative effort, some were cited in the Cedartown Municipal Court, some to Rockmart Municipal Court, some to Aragon Municipal Court, and some to the Polk County Magistrate Court.”
Newsome advised that none of the sworn jailers were issued fake ID’s. They simply attempted to purchase packaged alcohol and if asked for their ID, they simply left the store. Sheriff’s offices in Floyd and Paulding counties all loaned several of their sworn jailers to participate in the coordinated sting.... Read more
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 -- 9:57 pm EDT
By: Kevin Karel & LJ Hatcher (WRGA News)