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Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

MARTA union joins ASO musicians in rally


ATLANTA -- Union members from MARTA joined Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a protest at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta on Thursday.

ASO musicians have been on a lockout since Sept. 6 after a contract dispute with management. All performances and concerts have been cancelled until at least Nov. 8.

Hundreds of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra supporters and other union members showed up Thursday for the rally in Midtown.

The protestors say they are fighting for workers to get treated fairly even when the economy changes.

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote on Saturday and Sunday for the next two weekends.

During the weekend of Oct. 18 -19, seven Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

During the weekend of Oct. 25 – 26, 19 Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

Fulton County is offering more weekend voting opportunities than any other Georgia County. Residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the early voting period, including weekend voting.

“We hope that our expanded dates and locations for early voting will encourage more Fulton County registered voters to cast their ballots,” said Richard L. Barron, Director of the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. "Voting early reduces lines on Election Day and is more convenient for voters."

Fulton County Early Voting Locations

Monday, October 13 - Friday, October 31

Beware of fake Uber drivers


ATLANTA (WXIA) – A warning – if you use one of those social media cab services, like Uber or Lyft, Atlanta Police say a man posing as a Uber driver picked up a woman on Sunday and tried to molest her.

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"I absolutely let my guard down," the woman said.

For a local woman, part of last Sunday was a blur. Like thousands of people in town for Pride, she had been out partying in Midtown.

"I left friends and didn't tell them," she said. "I wanted to get home and I just left."

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Random act of kindness at Piedmont Park dog park


ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Alive team headed to Piedmont Park's dog park Thursday for a group random act of kindness.

Vinnie, Chesley, Jaye and Tracy gave dog owners $25 gift cards to pet stores, while the dogs got Frisbees.

The reason behind the giveaway is an important one. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and the Atlanta Humane Society was also at the park with some very adoptable dogs -- including a 2-month-old dachshund named Fancy. Fancy has a twin brother named Fabio.

It's a big responsibility, but aspiring dog owners are encouraged to adopt one of the wonderful needy pets at the Atlanta Humane Society.


See more 11Alive random acts of kindness.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include: