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Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Raise Your Voice: Following nephew's killing, woman works to stop youth violence

DECATUR, Ga. -- Fatimah Jewel Chandler is on a mission to save lives. It's been nearly one year since her 17-year-old nephew was killed, a victim of gun violence. His accused killer was only 18 years old.

"The community lost two young people that day," Chandler said.

On Sunday, July 27th, she plans to fill the Saratoga Lake Community Clubhouse with teens, just like her nephew, in hopes of helping them avoid the same mistake. Named in honor of her nephew, the Kamau Project begins with a day-long conference, free of charge, geared toward kids and teens ages 12-18.

Guest speakers range from attorneys and motivational speakers to a juvenile probation officer. They will talk to the teens about topics including conflict resolution, anger management, negotiation and bullying.

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

House fire burns in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Crews responded to a large house fire in DeKalb County Friday morning.

The fire broke out shortly after 6 a.m. in the 2800 block of Monterey Drive near Rupert Road.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries. Dispatchers said the house was vacant. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Thousands vote early in DeKalb County

Thousands vote early in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 4,100 DeKalb County residents have already cast their ballots for the upcoming runoff election.

Early voting continues through this week. In-person voting will be held on Election Day, Tuesday, July 22 at DeKalb County's Voter Registration and Elections Office.

Visit dekalbvotes.com for more information about the election.

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Man found shot to death inside car in DeKalb

Man found shot to death inside car in DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police have made an arrest in the death of a man whose body was found inside a car Thursday morning.

Joseph Arnold, 24, has been charged with murder.

Dispatchers said the shooting happened at around 4:15 a.m. in the 3500 block of Misty Valley Road.

DeKalb County Police Capt. Steven Fore said investigators believe the victim, 27-year-old Gerald Osborne, got into an argument with Arnold and was shot.

The investigation is ongoing.