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Jobless rate rises in June

Jobless rate rises in June

ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in June.

That's up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in May, according to state labor commissioner Mark Butler.

"The unemployment rate inched up slightly because of normal seasonal factors, primarily involving the end of the school year," Butler said. "Non-contract school workers such as bus drivers, lunchroom and janitorial workers are usually laid off during the summer school break."

The loss of 12,400 seasonal jobs in state and local public school systems accounted for the bulk of the 14,600 payroll jobs lost throughout the state.

"Also, new graduates began searching for jobs and are counted as unemployed while doing so," Butler said.

Borders going out of business, closing remaining stores

NEW YORK (MSNBC) -- Borders, unable to find a seller willing to get it out of bankruptcy, plans to close its remaining 399 stores and go out of business by the end of September, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website Monday.

Only two liquidation firms bid on the nation's second-largest bookseller.

Borders Group, which helped pioneer the big-box bookseller concept and once operated more than 1,000 stores before shrinking to its current 400, last week assigned the opening bid in its auction process set for Tuesday to two liquidation firms, Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Group. The move came after a bid fell through from private-equity firm Najafi Cos. that could have kept the chain a going concern.Creditors and landlords said liquidation was a better deal.

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Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

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People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

Douglas unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

Douglas unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

ATLANTA -- The unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta rose to 9.7 percent in May 2011, according to Georgia labor commissioner Mark Butler.

This is up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in April.

Butler said the rate rose for two reasons. More than 21,000 new job seekers entered the labor force, but only about 15,000 of them found jobs. Also, Atlanta had a net loss of 900 jobs; an increase of 1,100 jobs in manufacturing and construction was offset by a loss of 2,000 service-related jobs.

The lowest area unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in the Dublin area, at 12 percent.

Douglas County's unemployment rate was 10.6 percent.

May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent in April.

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