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Peach County unemployment rate hits 9.4 percent

Peach County unemployment rate hits 9.4 percent

Peach  County's unemployment rate hit 9.4 percent in January, above Central Georgia's regional average of 7.7 percent and Crawford County's 7.3 percent.

In January 2013, one year ago, the unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in Central Georgia, according to a release.

Central Georgia's regional unemployment estimation from the Georgia Department of Labor includes Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Pulaski, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties.

Area unemployment rates fall

Area unemployment rates fall

Central Georgia's unemployment rate continues to dip, falling from 7.8 to 7.7 percent from December to January.

The rate has declined mostly because the amount of new layoffs decreased by 41 percent, according to a release.

In January 2013, one year ago, the unemployment rate was 9.3 percent.

Peaches to the Beaches Yard Sale this weekend

Peaches to the Beaches Yard Sale this weekend

The 10th Annual Peaches to the Beaches Yard Sale happens Friday and Saturday along US Hwy 341 from Barnesville to Jesup, GA.

This is not just any yard sale, this is a treasure trove of fun and bargains with antiques, locally crafted items, food and the traditional yard sale fare.  Look for the "Official" signs and banners.

For more information on this event or how to become an "Official Vendor", contact the Telfair County Chamber of Commerce at (229) 868-6365 or email rogers@telfairco.org

More information can also be found on www.peachestothebeaches.com

J.C. Penney basking in post-Oscars glow

J.C. Penney basking in post-Oscars glow

By Gary Strauss, USA TODAY

If Hollywood handed out Oscars for Best Recent Comeback Among Beaten Down Retailers, J.C. Penney would have been among Sunday night's nominees.

J.C. Penney shares are up about 6% to $8.45 in Tuesday afternoon trading for a two-day, 17% gain. That's on top of last week's 25% [pop, after the company posted better-than-expected fourth quarter results and said was on fist-quarter track for its first profitable quarter since since early 2011.

Job openings in Central Georgia

Job openings in Central Georgia

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ toshare several open jobs in the Central Georgia area.

You can watch this on 13WMAZ-TV on Thursday mornings and again at 5 p.m.

Wednesday government and business closings

Wednesday government and business closings

The following list contains current government and major business closings in central Georgia. This list will continually be updated with closings as we hear of them.

Governments:

Baldwin County courthouse and government offices closed Wednesday

Cochran closed Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday night city council meeting canceled

Job openings in Central Georgia

Job openings in Central Georgia

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ toshare several open jobs in the Central Georgia area.

You can watch this on 13WMAZ-TV on Thursday mornings and again at 5 p.m.