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Meet MARTA Day at Five Points Station

Meet MARTA Day at Five Points Station

ATLANTA – On Wednesday, MARTA riders can share ideas with the General Manager and CEO, Beverly A. Scott, of the Atlanta transit and rail company as a part of the company’s “Meet MARTA Day” effort. The event will be held at the Five Points Station from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tell company executives what, you think, would make MARTA “smarta” and partake in light refreshments, games, giveaways and tons of information. This event is the first in a series of Meet MARTA Days; the next two events will be held at North Springs station and at College Park and Kensington stations.

MARTA customers will also be able to learn about the proposed 2012 transportation sales tax and will have the opportunity to sound-off about Atlanta Regional transportation projects on the docket.

DeKalb County hosts Workforce Development Day

In recognition of Workforce Development Month, DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces the DeKalb Workforce Development Department, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Labor, will host its 6th annual Workforce Development Day: 5 Steps to Success on Sept. 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur.

A week-long series of workshops will be held with a focus on personal branding, networking, resume writing, and interviewing, and will conclude with a career fair on Friday, Sept. 16. The workshops are designed to empower job seekers with essential work readiness skills needed to secure employment. Residents are encouraged to attend events at the following locations:

Personal Branding

Monday, Sept. 12

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

1 in 3 Metro Atlanta homeowners underwater

ATLANTA -- About one-third of all homes with mortgages in Metro Atlanta were underwater in the second quarter, according to CoreLogic.

In Metro Atlanta 34.7 percent, or 423,130, of all residential properties with a mortgage were in negative equity in the period. Another 7.2 percent, or 87,615, were in near negative equity, CoreLogic said.

Negative equity, often referred to as "underwater" or "upside down," means borrowers owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. Negative equity can occur because of a decline in value, an increase in mortgage debt or a combination of both.

In Georgia, some 30.2 percent of residential properties with a mortgage were underwater in the second quarter, with another 7.2 percent in near negative equity.

Nationally, 10.9 million, or 22.5 percent, of all residential properties with a mortgage were in negative equity at the end of the second quarter, down from 22.7 percent in the first quarter.


White House projects impact of jobs bill on Georgia

ATLANTA -- The White House claims Georgia will receive billions of dollars from President Obama's new jobs bill that will support and protect thousands of jobs, but an Emory economist has doubts about the administration's numbers.

The White House website includes a page on the proposed American Jobs Act and its potential impact on Georgia.

RELATED: In letter, Obama urges Congress to pass Jobs Act

The president's jobs plan, according to the White House, would give to Georgia almost $3.6 billion to create and save tens of thousands of jobs in the state.

Introducing DealChicken -- and cheap airport parking

Introducing DealChicken -- and cheap airport parking

ATLANTA -- DealChicken Atlanta has officially hatched.

What is DealChicken? Read all about it here.

And what is DealChicken Atlanta's first-ever deal? It's something that will come in handy to nearly every Metro Atlanta resident at one time or another -- deeply discounted parking for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

For today only, DealChicken members can pay $11 for three days of parking and shuttle service at Atlanta Park'N Ticket. That's 67 percent off the regular price of $33.

Manpower survey shows steady job growth coming

ATLANTA -- The Manpower Employment Survey for the fourth quarter of 2011 shows steady job growth in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metropolitan statistical area.

"In spite of what most people think, it still remains positive, which is exciting," said Beth Herman, Manpower's Regional Director. 

According to staffing company's quarterly survey, 20 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees in the last three months of 2011, while 10 percent expect to reduce staff.

Another 66 percent of employers interviewed expect to maintain their current workforce levels in the fourth quarter, Four percent of companies interviewed aren't sure of their hiring plans for the rest of the year.

"When you have the majority of companies saying to you, we're going to remain status quo, there's a level of confidence," Herman said. "They can keep the staff they have, keep them busy. They don't forsee layoffs."