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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.

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Taylor Townsend is at the head of the class

RIVERDALE, Ga. (WXIA) -- Just imagine winning the Australian Open. Where would you go to celebrate? If you're name is Taylor Townsend, your answer was back home and back to school.

PHOTOS | Taylor Townsend wins junior girls title at Australian Open

After taking both the Australian Open Junior Girls singles and doubles titles, the 15 year old from Stockbridge couldn't wait to get back home and spend everyday with her friends at Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale.

For the past two years, Townsend has lived and trained at the USTA's Academy in Florida, where her schoolwork is done on a computer. "I really miss seeing every one", says Taylor. "I also get to see my Dad (school principal) in action".


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..

23 students nominated to U.S. military academies

23 students nominated to U.S. military academies

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Congressman David Scott has nominated 23 metro Atlanta high school seniors to some of America's most prestigious military academies.

The students will be recognized during a special ceremony Saturday at the National Archives Center at Atlanta in Morrow.

"One of the great privileges I enjoy as the Congressman is to be able to honor the bright and talented students from my district who will one day lead our armed forces," said Scott, who oversees Georgia's District 13.

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Tennis Match: Taylor Townsend v. Commuter Dude

ATLANTA -- Fresh off her junior girls win at the 2012 Australian Open, 15-year-old Stockbridge resident Taylor Townsend visited 11Alive Friday morning.

The young tennis champ, who trains in Florida, spoke with Karyn Greer about winning the title and meeting some of her tennis heroes.

Then, Taylor moved outside and challenged 11Alive's John "Commuter Dude" Gerard to a match.

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. 

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.