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People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

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Clarke unemployment less than Georgia rate in May

Clarke unemployment less than Georgia rate in May

ATLANTA -- The unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta rose to 9.7 percent in May 2011, according to Georgia labor commissioner Mark Butler.

This is up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in April.

Butler said the rate rose for two reasons. More than 21,000 new job seekers entered the labor force, but only about 15,000 of them found jobs. Also, Atlanta had a net loss of 900 jobs; an increase of 1,100 jobs in manufacturing and construction was offset by a loss of 2,000 service-related jobs.

The lowest area unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in the Dublin area, at 12 percent.

Clarke County's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent.

May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent in April.

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Study: Metro Atlanta full of young brainpower

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta has a pretty solid concentration of young brainpower, according to a new On Numbers study.

Atlanta ranked 48th out of 385 American metros with 25.3 percent of its population between ages 18-34 in possession of a bachelor's degree or higher. This equates to about 330,270 locals with a bachelor's or higher.

Georgia's major metros and their young brainpower ranking:

Atlanta -- 48
Warner Robins -- 96
Athens -- 105
Savannah -- 135
Macon -- 198
Valdosta -- 212
Gainesville -- 239
Columbus -- 253
Augusta -- 258
Albany -- 360
Dalton -- 373

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