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Georgia's Unemployment Drops Below 9 Percent
Georgia’s unemployment rate declined for the ninth consecutive month in April to 8.9 percent, the first time in more than three years the rate has dropped below nine percent. According to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, the rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in March. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in April a year ago.
“We now have the lowest unemployment rate, the fewest unemployed workers, and the most jobs in Georgia in more than three years,” said Butler. “Our job market continues to improve at a modest and steady rate.”
The last time Georgia’s jobless rate was below nine percent was in February of 2009, when it was also 8.9 percent. There were 423,495 unemployed workers in Georgia in April, the fewest since January 2009, when there were 409,841.
The rate declined as the number of new jobs grew by 31,900, to 3,926,000, the highest number of jobs in Georgia since January of 2009. Job growth is up eight-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,894,100 in March. In April a year ago, there were 3,904,400 jobs.
The industries showing growth were: trade and transportation, 9,200; leisure and hospitality, 9,200; professional and business services, 5,900; construction, 3,400; and education and healthcare, 2,700. While the state gained jobs overall, state and local governments shed 3,300 jobs.
The number of initial claims in April rose by 4,816, or 11.3 percent, to 47,492. Most of the increase in claims came in manufacturing, trade, and administrative and support services. While initial claims increased over the month, the number declined by 6,845, or 12.6 percent, from April 2011.
The number of long-term unemployed workers increased 1,300 in April to 240,500. The long-term unemployed, those out of work for more than 26 weeks, make up 56.8 percent of all unemployed in Georgia. However, the number of long-term unemployed is down 14,300, or 5.6 percent, from April 2011.
Thursday, May 17 2012, 12:20 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.
The new assessment was considerably more pessimistic than that of the Obama administration, which predicted last month that the economy would expand by 2.6 percent this year even though it contracted by an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the first quarter.
The economy did grow by 0.9 percent during the first half of 2014.
Looking ahead, the CBO said it expects the economy to grow by 3.4 percent over 2015 and 2016, and predicted that the unemployment rate would remain below 6 percent into the future.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, will have to give investors details on borrowers' credit record and income under action taken Wednesday by federal regulators.
The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the rules for securities linked to mortgages and auto loans on a 5-0 vote.
The commissioners also voted, 3-2, to impose conflict-of-interest rules on the agencies that rate the debt of companies, governments and issues of securities.
Home mortgages bundled into securities and sold on Wall Street soured after the housing bubble burst in 2007, losing billions in value. The vast sales of risky securities ignited the crisis that plunged the economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression and brought a taxpayer bailout of banks.
PARIS (AP) -- IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.
After a fourth round of questioning before magistrates today, Lagarde said she would return to her work in Washington later in the day and said in a statement the investigation was "without basis." She is the third IMF managing director in a decade to face legal troubles.
Lagarde and her former chief of staff face questions about their role in a 400 million-euro ($531 million) payment to a businessman with a checkered past.
Under French law, the official investigation is equivalent to preliminary charges, meaning there is reason to suspect an infraction. Investigating judges can later drop a case or issue formal charges and send it to trial.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Treasury Department has sanctioned a leader and a financial network used by a Pakistan-based terrorist group blamed for the 2008 attack in Mumbai, India that killed 166 people.
Treasury sanctioned Muhammad Iqbal and Asma Money Exchangers for their suspected ties to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LAHSH'-kahr ee TOY'-buh). David Cohen, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said Iqbal uses his business to conduct financial transactions on behalf of the terrorist organization and its affiliates.
Lashkar-e-Taiba, a well-organized group based in Pakistan's Punjab province, also is suspected of having historical ties to Pakistani intelligence.
The action freezes any assets they might have in U.S. jurisdiction and bans U.S. citizens from doing business with them.
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SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) -- General Motors is moving production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to a factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
The company also announced that it will add production of some small gasoline engines to the Spring Hill complex.
The additions will bring more jobs to Spring Hill, but a spokesman wouldn't give specifics on how many would be added to the sprawling former Saturn facility about 40 miles south of Nashville.
The complex now employs just over 2,300 workers, including hourly and salaried employees and those who work for parts supply companies.
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