WQCH & Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 5-22-23

Walker County is getting nearly five million dollars in grant money for playgrounds.  $4.81 million dollars is headed to the county.  The money has been earmarked for projects at the Rossville Recreation Center, the Lafayette Multisport Recreation Park, the Chattooga River Greenway and the John Ross Commons.  The goal is to use the money to create playgrounds, splash pads, walking trails and more.
The Rossville Fire Department and Walker County Fire and Rescue responded to a vacant house fire last night.  The structure was located at State Line Road and Hooker Road.  No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
The Walker County Detention Center reported two felony arrest over the weekend.  Two individuals were nabbed Friday afternoon and charged with felony possession of meth.  54 year old Robert Everet Thornburgh and 51 year old Felicia Renee Payne were booked after being arrested on Friday.

 More workers are looking for and finding jobs in Georgia as the state’s unemployment rate stays low.

Georgia’s unemployment rate remained at 3.1% in April for the ninth month in a row, although that’s up from the all-time low of 2.9% in April 2022.

Beyond the stable jobless rate, there’s other good news in the labor force. After months of stagnation, the labor force added more than 10,000 workers for the second straight month, showing that the number of job seekers has not hit a ceiling.

The labor force and the number of people working in Georgia both hit all-time highs again, while the number of people who were unemployed was flat at 165,000.