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Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Family of Anthony Hill speaks for the first time


DEKALB COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- The mother and grandmother of Anthony Hill walked slowly to the makeshift memorial at the Heights Of Chamblee apartment complex.

"This is where my son took his last breath," said Carolyn Baylor-Giummo.

Baylor-Giummo spoke to her son over the phone Sunday, March 9, 2015 just hours before he was shot and killed by an officer.

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"It was a good conversation. I was planning to come visit for his birthday. We said I love yous," said Baylor-Giummo.

Ga. health rankings: DeKalb County

Ga. health rankings: DeKalb County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

DeKalb is Georgia's 19th healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 25th for quality of life, 8th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 8th for clinical care, 64th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 128th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about DeKalb County:

Video shows cop moments after shooting Air Force vet


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A new video obtained exclusively by 11Alive News shows DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen moments after fatally shooting Anthony Hill.

The video, recorded on a cell phone by a resident of the Chamblee-area apartment complex where the shooting occurred, shows Olsen walking around Hill's body and talking to witnesses. He appears to be the only officer on the scene until two-and-a-half minutes in, when another officer arrives. Olsen appears to explain what happened before sirens can be heard in the distance and two EMTs walk over.

Early in the video, Olsen asks a bystander, "Are you serious?" when the man tries to get too close to Hill's body. Olsen then directs the man to step back. He also asks two witnesses what they saw, then separates them.

Criminal defense attorney and former police officer Philip Holloway said he thinks Olsen was doing the best he could after the shooting.

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Funeral held for man fatally shot by DeKalb police


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Funeral services were held Sunday for a man shot and killed by a DeKalb County police officer.

Anthony Hill was naked and acting erratically on March 9 when police say he lunged towards Officer Robert Olsen.

Olsen fired two shots, killing Hill.

Hill's funeral was at a high school auditorium outside of Charleston, South Carolina, where his family lives.

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.