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Data from the Georgia Department of Labor show that the unemployment rate in both Athens and Northeast Georgia – two separate metrics – fell by just under one-half of one percent in March. The Labor Department says that at the end of March, Athens had about 92,400 jobs – 500 more than the previous month, but 4,500 fewer than March of last year.

Unemployment claims in Athens were up by 29 percent from February, but are still significantly lower than they were one year ago.


Athens-Clarke County lawmakers will take a look at renaming two area recreational sites. 

At an agenda-setting session today, ACC Commissioners will discuss whether to take a vote next month to rename the gymnasium at Thomas Lay Park to the Willie Hull Gymnasium. Hull served as director of the park from 1977 to 2010. Commissioners will also discuss renaming the East Athens Community Center in honor of Aaron Heard, who spent fifteen years as director of the community center.

Athens-Clarke County lawmakers meet this evening for a special session and their regular agenda-setting meeting.

Today on Athens News Matters, Clarke County School District officials are putting a new early learning center into the West Broad School site. But the clock is ticking, the deadline is short, and some are concerned about the historic preservation aspects of the district’s plan.

Also today, Governor Brian Kemp says the state is firing on all cylinders in the vaccine rollout, but CDC data seems to tell a different story. We’ll talk about the reasons why this apparent disconnect.

Plus, the debate over vaccine passports.