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Labor Market Continues to Improve in October

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The United States added 150,000 new jobs in October, according to the monthly report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average hourly wages rose 4.1 percent from a year earlier and by 7 cents, or 0.2 percent, compared to September. The national unemployment rate changed little at 3.9 percent. 

The largest gains were seen in health care (+58,000), government (+51,000), social assistance (+19,000), construction (+23,000), and leisure and hospitality (+19,000). October also marked the return of employment in government to pre-pandemic levels. While jobs numbers fell short of economists’ expectations, they nonetheless show signs of continued vitality of the labor market and the economy.

The full Bureau of Labor Statistics report can be found here.

Georgia Supreme Court justices appear skeptical of Athens DA’s claim of open records exemption

In an upcoming ruling, Georgia’s Supreme Court will weigh in on a claim brought by Athens-Clarke District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez, arguing that top prosecutors are exempt from the state’s open records laws. The case involves assertions that the trial court overlooked a constitutional provision in denying Gonzalez’s motion to dismiss an open records complaint, mirroring similar immunity arguments made by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a separate case related to the 2020 presidential election interference.

Georgia public colleges to expand admissions testing requirements for fall 2026

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Water-hogging data centers flagged in latest ‘Dirty Dozen’ environmental watchdog report

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