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Unemployment Rates Announced This Week

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Macon area increased to 10.4 percent in November, up six-tenths of a percentage point from 9.8 percent in October.

The jobless rate in the metro Macon area in November 2009 was 9.6 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced earlier this week that the GDOL is processing extended benefit claims for unemployed Georgians who will qualify under legislation enacted Friday, which expands the extended benefits claim filing period for jobless Americans through Dec. 31, 2011. The bill does not, however, provide additional benefits beyond 99 weeks, the news release says.

“These additional resources will help qualified jobseekers provide food, clothing, and shelter while they seek employment,” said Commissioner Thurmond. “I’m pleased that the approval came in time for the holidays.”

Third Thursday in Mercer Village

Third Thursday in Mercer Village
Join the Mercer Village merchants tonight for a Party in the Village. Part of Montpelier Ave. will be closed to accommodate the growing block party.

Macon State College Presidential Search Committee Named

The Macon State College (MSC) Campus Presidential Search and Screen Committee was given its charge Tuesday by the Special Regents' Search Committee and University System of Georgia (USG).

The 11-member Presidential Search and Screen Committee will create a position description, place announcements in relevant national media and will also conduct on-campus interviews.

The committee will forward the credentials of up to five unranked candidates to the Special Regents' Search Committee for the second phase of the search.

Middle Ga. Clean Cities to Host Ethanol Workshop

As part of the Clean Transportation Education Project, Middle Georgia Clean Cities will host an Ethanol Workshop on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Middle Ga. Regional Commission in Macon.

Speakers include:

Dennis Burnett of Davis Oil, Rich Cregar from Wake Tech Community College, Matt Rhodes from Walthall Oil Company, Dr. Linda Smith from Clean Cities of Middle Ga. Board and Charise Stephens from Middle Georgia Clean Cities will serve as moderator.

Middle Ga. Regional Commission is located at 175 Emery Hwy Suite-C in Macon.

The Share the Love and Love a Pet Adoption Drive

The Share the Love and Love a Pet Adoption Drive will feature onsite pet adoptions with representatives from various Middle Georgia Animal Shelters on hand to answer questions and pair abandoned dogs and cats with loving families. 

The Share the Love and Love a Pet Adoption Drive will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11  to benefit the ASPCA and  Middle Georgia Animal Shelters at Subaru of Macon. 

The event will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Subaru of Macon.

Local canine celebrity AC Pup will also be in attendance. 

There are also opportunities to have a photo taken with Santa as part of “Picture your pet with Santa and a new Subaru” and each participant will receive a full color photo keepsake. 

George Chamber of Commerce to Sponsor Second Annual Education Reform Conference

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its second annual Education Reform Conference on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Marriott City Center Hotel & Centreplex in Macon. 

This event is held in partnership with Milledgeville’s Georgia College and State University, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Center for an Educated Georgia.

This year’s conference will focus on K-12 accountability and feature nationally acclaimed experts and groundbreaking education research.  Scheduled speakers are:

 

Macon Unemployment Rates

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Macon area decreased to 9.8 percent in October, down three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent September.

Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the area decreased to 10,865, down 262 from 11,127.

The jobless rate in the metro Macon area in October 2009 was also 9.8 percent.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.9 percent from September to October. The preliminary September rate of 10 percent reported last month has been revised downward by one-tenth of a percentage point. The rate was 10.2 percent in October 2009 according to the GDOL.

This is the 37th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.6 percent.