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The most recent unemployment figures are out and the numbers show jobs were up and unemployment was down in Athens for the month of August. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, at 4.7 percent, the August rate was down three tenths a point from July.

Commissioner Mark Butler says other numbers show August was a good month for Athens.

Department of Labor

Georgia’s unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in August, remained the same as in July. The State Department of Labor released the numbers Thursday. According to Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, that number isn’t the real story regarding jobs.

"The real news is the fact that we set a new record for total amount of jobs in Georgia, at 4.5 million. That's the first time we've ever hit that number," said Butler. "We also set new records for the number of employed and the number of people in our workforce."

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service, says much of the state, including Athens, and Atlanta in north Georgia, is under a tropical storm warning. Forecasters warn residents to prepare for strong wind, and heavy rain which could lead to flooding. The city of Savannah, on Georgia's coast, was evacuated for the second time in less than a year because of the impending storm.

UGA Today

Hurricane Irma caused major flooding in Florida and along the Georgia coast. Experts say Savannah and Jacksonville have experienced record-setting floods. Dr. John Knox is a Professor of Geography in UGA’s Atmospheric Sciences Program. He says Irma, which is now a tropical storm, poses dangers for Athens and North Georgia as well. “The winds we’ll experience, we expect winds of 30 to maybe as much as 60 miles an hour in the northern part of Georgia, somewhere maybe in the 50s” according to Knox. “It’s hard to know exactly, these situations evolve quickly.

Athens-Clarke County Government

The Athens-Clarke County government has issued a temporary phone number for non-emergency storm-related questions. That line, 706-613-3330, is staffed by volunteers with the UGA Medical Reserve Corps to answer questions related to Tropical Storm Irma.  It is not for emergencies, public safety issues or for reporting power outages. For more information, visit the ACC government website: http://www.athensclarkecounty.com/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1829

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