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Georgia jobless rate drops below double digits in April

Georgia jobless rate drops below double digits in April

ATLANTA -- Georgia's unemployment rate declined to 9.9 percent in April.

This is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.0 percent in March.

"Not only is this the first time in nearly two years that Georgia's unemployment rate has dipped into the single digits, but this is also the third consecutive month of job growth," said state labor commissioner Mark Butler. "This developing trend shows increasing confidence in the economy."

The last time the state's rate was below 10 percent was in June 2009, when it was 9.8 percent.

There were job increases over both the month and year. April saw the addition of 3,834,100 payroll jobs, up 30,1000 from March.

Most of the new jobs were added in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, trade, educational and health services, and construction.

The number of long-term unemployed workers continues to decline.

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MARIETTA: Got a mower? Cobb County needs your help

MARIETTA, Ga. - In Cobb County, like many other places, you can measure shrinking government budgets by shaggy roadsides, by miles of unmowed and overgrown highways.

To save nearly $1 million this Spring, Cobb County fired private grass cutting companies it was using. That leaves only three county Department of Transportation crews to handle more than 300 miles of shoulders and medians.

So now Cobb is asking its citizens to volunteer their services, maybe their equipment, to come out and help.

But don't grab your mower and head out on your own.

"No. We would like to have this be an organized effort," Gwen Baldwin of Keep Cobb Beautiful told 11Alive News on Wednesday.

She said volunteers need to go to the Keep Cobb Beautiful section of the county government website and sign up first.

Marietta adds extra day to farmers market

Marietta adds extra day to farmers market

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Marietta City Council has approved adding another day each week to the Marietta Square Farmers Market.

In addition to the regularly scheduled market on Saturday mornings, it will also be available on Sundays, rain or shine, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

RELATED: Marietta Square Farmers Market returns

"Forty vendors will participate in the Sunday market," said market director Johnny Fulmer. About 60 vendors sell their wares on Saturdays.

North Park Square and a portion of Mill Street are closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday mornings; Mill Street will be closed from the intersection to the railroad tracks from noon until 4:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov.

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best lookout points in the metro-area to view the Atlanta skyline.

The prominent Atlanta Skyline is marked with midrise and high-rise buildings similar to those one would find in a larger city like New York City or Los Angeles. The Bank of America Plaza formally known as the NationsBank Building is one of the most prominent buildings in the Atlanta skyline and is the 42nd tallest building in the world, is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere outside of Chicago and New York and is Georgia’s tallest building.

Other buildings included in the Atlanta Skyline are the SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, 191 Peachtree Tower, the Georgia-Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Two Peachtree Building and the Promenade II.

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STONE MOUNTAIN: Exclusive 11Alive deal at Park

STONE MOUNTAIN: Exclusive 11Alive deal at Park

ATLANTA -- Summer is just around the corner, and 11Alive wants to help you save on fun activities around town with your family. 

All week long, the 11Alive morning team will broadcast live from different Metro Atlanta attractions with special discounts for 11Alive viewers.

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Watch 11Alive News Today between 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily to find out details. 

Cobb graduation ceremonies to be streamed live

Cobb graduation ceremonies to be streamed live

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Ten Cobb County high school graduation ceremonies will be streamed live from the district's website.

Cobb's Event Services team, along with the Harrison High School broadcast video program, will provide the necessary resources for the webcast.

"Being a parent, I believe it's an amazing opportunity for a senior's family to be involved in that special moment of graduation," said Blake Tippens, video production instructor at Harrison.

Virtual school to hold information session

Virtual school to hold information session

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA), the state's first full-time virtual charter school, is hosting a local information session to educate families on its unique curriculum.

The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at Cobb County's Central Library (266 Roswell Street, Marietta, 30060).

Because GACA is a Georgia public school, there are no costs for tuition, fees or supplies. The online academy can enroll students in grades K-12 from anywhere in the state and will offer an accountable, high-quality public education option.

For more information on GACA, call 1-800-382-6010.