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Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Fulton County's December unemployment rate was 7.3 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

23-year-old man wounded in Midtown Atlanta shooting


ATLANTA -- A 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital after being shot in Midtown Atlanta on Wednesday.

According to Ralph Woolfolk of the Atlanta Police Department, the man was alert, conscious and breathing after being shot in the back on 8th Street near Juniper Street. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Neighbors said that the incident was a bit unnerving, as that type of violence has not been seen in that area in a long time.

Police said it appeared the victim knew the suspect, but said the victim was not being cooperative with officers. Police said they are looking for at least two people in a light-colored sedan, who they said were involved in the shooting.

No other injuries were reported.

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to meet Thursday

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to meet Thursday

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System – Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, Jan. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The meeting will be held  at the Adamsville Regional Health Center, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. 

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

WIA helps Georgia move toward a comprehensive, customer-focused workforce investment system where job seeker and employer customers alike can access a wide range of workforce-related tools and information needed to manage their work activities. Services are provided through a network of one-stop centers statewide.

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

Suspect in Midtown sucker punch arrested


ATLANTA (WXIA) – Police have arrested a suspect accused of sucker punching a man he'd never seen before in a busy part of Midtown Atlanta.

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It happened on Crescent Street, which is busy with nightclubs and restaurants. This incident happened on midday January 5.

A 25 year-old Decatur man was walking past 1122 Crescent Street when, police say, he was attacked out of nowhere -- sucker punched by a man he'd never seen before.

Fulton County can help unemployed citizens with job searches

Fulton County can help unemployed citizens with job searches

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Office of Workforce Development served over 41,163 job seekers in 2014, with 4,564 participating in onsite recruitment orientations and job readiness workshops.

The workshops teach participants how to set career and education goals, conduct job searches, develop strategies for making the best impression during the first interview and succeeding in any subsequent interviews. Job seekers also learn how to dress for success.

Specific services available for dislocated workers range from financial support to help in finding a job or retraining for a new career. Citizens considered dislocated workers include those who may have lost jobs because of terminations.  Some unemployed workers may have faced layoffs or received “notices of termination or layoff." Additionally, they are unlikely to return to their previous jobs or industry because of: