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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.

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.

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.

RELATED: 11Alive takes over the Georgia Aquarium
MORE: 11Alive takes over the World of Coca-Cola 

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

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.

RELATED: 11Alive takes over the Georgia Aquarium
MORE: 11Alive takes over the World of Coca-Cola 

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

Trees, lawns having a rough time recovering after winter

ATLANTA - After one of the hottest summers on record in 2010 followed by Atlanta's "Snowmageddon" last January, homeowners across north Georgia are having a rough time getting their lawns to green up and look good this spring.

Many lawns and yards are having a tough time recovering from the double-whammy brought by the weather. Some plants may find themselves with dead branches, or even die off completely without some help.

Landscape companies like TruGreen and others across the area suggest that homeowners take special care of their yards this spring, and keep a few hints in mind.

NEWNAN: Navy officer visits young pen pals


SHARPSBURG, Ga. -- The pen pal for Mrs. Nickelson's first grade class at Willis Road Elementary is on a plane, landing at the Coweta County Airport.  They wrote him. He wrote back.

And like all budding relationships, it's time for the next step.

They are out of the classroom, in the sunshine, and just a tad excited. They stand behind the chain link, their heads inches from the top of the four foot fence, their arms outstretched, waving miniature american flags.

"There he is!"

United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Luke Suber flew all the way from his base in Norfolk, Virginia to Newnan to meet these youngsters. He steps off the plane to much cheering and screams and is soon flanked by the children. As he greets the children he says, "Thank you so much for writing letters to me when I was in Afghanistan."

Those letters, a sharp departure from war, from drudgery, from grown up letters.

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.