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U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell in January for a fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, as the economy added nearly a quarter-million jobs.

The jobless rate -- down from December's 8.5 percent -- is the lowest in almost three years. The rate is now eight-tenths of a percentage point under what it was last August, the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

BLS' separate survey of employers showed that nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 243,000 last month, with businesse adding 257,000 positions and a slight drop in private-sector employment.

Many economists had expected less payroll growth, according to surveys.

It said that private-sector job growth was widespread in January, with large increases in professional and business services as well as leisure, hospitality and manufacturing.

It was the fourth straight month of job gains nationwide.

Milton and McEachern top the Super 25 boys, girls polls

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and McEachern girls continue to lead the top the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls for this week. The computer generated polls for metro Atlanta teams are produced each week by USA Today.

   Columbia, Douglas County, Westlake, and Shiloh complete the top 5 for boys. Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Parkview make up the girls top 5..

Powerball jackpot swells to $170 million

Powerball jackpot swells to $170 million

ATLANTA - Georgia residents have another chance to win a big lottery prize on Wednesday night. The Powerball jackpot is estimated at $170 million to a single winner. 

And it only takes $2 for a chance to win. 

The Georgia Lottery Powerball offers two payment options: the jackpot prize can be paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments or the cash option which, after taxes, is approximately $106 million. So, choose your numbers wisely. 

All proceeds from Powerball benefit education in the state of Georgia. 

SUPER BOWL RECIPES | Healthy options for the big game

ATLANTA -- Meagan Mohammadione, a nutritionist with Emory Healthcare, offers healthy alternatives to some popular Super Bowl snacks.

Fresh Herb Vegetable Dip

2 16-ounce containers low-fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup fresh chopped chives
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
1/4 cup fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Combine ingredients and mix well. Add black pepper to taste.

(A tasty alternative is to substitute the herbs and garlic for honey and cinnamon to make a fruit dip.)

Nutrition Information
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Calories: 70
Fat: 1.5g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 6mg
Sodium: 308mg
Carbohydrates: 3g
Protein: 10g

Poster contest to help combat human trafficking

Poster contest to help combat human trafficking

ATLANTA -- All Georgia high school students are invited to participate in a poster contest to promote a national hotline for reporting and preventing human sex trafficking.

The contest, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, is open to students in grades nine through 12.

The posters' primary focus should be the national hotline (1-888-373-7888), presented in a creative way to grab people's attention. Judges will pick two winners -- one for an English poster and one for a Spanish poster -- from each of the state's 16 Regional Education Service Agencies.

Regional winners will receive cash prizes -- $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. The winning posters will also be displayed in schools across the region.

Two state winners -- one in English and one in Spanish -- will each receive $250.

Eat out to support family of fallen Atlanta police officer

ATLANTA -- Four restaurants are stepping up to help raise money for the daughter of fallen Atlanta Police Officer Gail Thomas.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and Smith's Olde Bar will donate 20 percent of sales from lunch and dinner on Wednesday.

Avellino's Pizza and Big Tex in Decatur will donate 10 percent of sales.  

Officer Thomas was killed one week ago after stopping on the side of the interstate to help a fellow officer.

Police said she was struck by a drunk driver, Chasity Jones, 22, who remains behind bars.

Thomas had a daughter, who's a junior in college.

Scott Rigsby: The UnThinkable

Scott Rigsby's life flashed before his eyes when he became a double amputee. His first thought was, "Will my life ever be the same again?" Years later, Scott became the first double amputee to compete in the Ironman World Games. This is his story.

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