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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.

Forsyth County's December unemployment rate was 4.9 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.

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Police hunting for shoplifting sisters

Police hunting for shoplifting sisters

CUMMING, GA (WXIA) – The hunt is on for two sisters accused of shoplifting at Target stores more than 30 times.

Police say Brittany Willis and her sister Sheneka were seen on surveillance video shoplifting from a Target store on Peachtree Parkway in Forsyth County in November. They are also connected to crimes from metro Atlanta all the way to Chattanooga.

Police say the two women have stolen more than $24,000 worth of items from Target stores over the last eight months.

Both suspects have active warrants, but police admit arresting them won't stop them for good.

"They will face charges in every jurisdiction they can," said Forsyth County Police Detective Kris Hall. "Whether or not they get significant jail time is yet to be seen. When they get out, they'll be back to doing the same thing."

Cumming man killed in head-on crash

Cumming man killed in head-on crash

CUMMING, Ga. -- A 54-year-old Cumming man was killed in a two-car accident Saturday night.

Kenneth Payne was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Old Atlanta Road near Daves Creek Drive in Forsyth County.

Investigators said Payne's Chevrolet Blazer was heading north on Old Atlanta Road when it crossed into the southbound lane and collided with an oncoming Nissan Leaf.

The 34-year-old Leaf driver did not have time to react and possibly avoid the crash, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. After the accident, she was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The wreck is under investigation.

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.

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Pike Nurseries to host free 'Houseplants for a Healthy 2015' class

Pike Nurseries to host free 'Houseplants for a Healthy 2015' class

ATLANTA -- Not only do houseplants bring in much needed color during the bare winter months, but they also play an important health role by improving air quality! Research has revealed that certain common houseplants can actually create a cleaner environment by releasing oxygen and removing contaminants – like formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia – from a room’s air efficiently.

To help customers create a cleaner, greener and healthier home, Pike Nurseries is hosting a FREE “Houseplants for a Healthy 2015” customer class at all garden center locations onSaturday, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m.

During the informational seminar, guests will learn about houseplant health benefits, popular plant options and proper care guidelines. With expert tips from Pike Nurseries, guests can keep their homes healthy and “green” all year-round!

Aerosmith concert to be screened in metro Atlanta

Aerosmith concert to be screened in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Aerosmith fans are invited to a special screening of the legendary band's June 2014 performance at the Download Festival in Donington Park, U.K.

Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will be shown Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at three theaters:

Atlanta/DeKalb
Regal Hollywood Stadium 24 @ North I-85
3265 Northeast Expressway NE

Forsyth
AMC Avenue Forsyth 12
350 Peachtree Parkway

Henry
Regal McDonough Stadium 16
115 Foster Drive

The production features 19 of Aerosmith's most popular songs, including "Dream On," "Sweet Emotion," "Love in an Elevator" and "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing."

Visit fathomevents.com for more information and to buy tickets.

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

ATLANTA -- The new year comes with many resolutions. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can actually be achieved from the ground up – in the garden!

To help gardeners of all levels welcome 2015 with more than just a bountiful harvest, Pike Nurseries offers the top three garden resolutions for a healthy, wholesome and nutritious New Year!

1. Improve Health with Houseplants