ATLANTA - First-time claims for unemployment insurance (UI) in Georgia were down 4.7 percent in June, compared to a year ago<br />
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Warner Robins (down 33.7 percent), Brunswick (down 26.1 percent), and Valdosta (down 25.7 percent) led the state's 14 metropolitan areas in decreases. Applications were down 11.4 percent in Gainesville, 9.4 percent in Athens and 9.1 percent in Atlanta.<br />
Only Columbus (4.8 percent) and Albany (18.7 percent) showed increases.<br />
Butler added most of the statewide decline of 4.7 percent from June 2013 to June 2014 was in educational services, construction, accommodations and food services, and trade, transportation and warehousing. <br />
Numbers were released by the state this past Thursday.<br />
Scientists are fine-tuning what they know about rivers and marshes flushed with saltwater by ocean tides so they can better predict how rising sea levels will reshape the Georgia coast over the next century.
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) will host a series of public forums between now and Sept. 30 in order to collect public input on its next strategic plan, including one in Gainesville.