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National Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.4 Percent

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Staff Writer

On Friday, May 5, the Bureau of Labor Statistics published a report which included preliminary national unemployment numbers for April. According to the report, the national unemployment rate dropped from 3.5 percent in March to 3.4 percent in April, tying the record low set in January of this year.

As the unemployment rate dropped, the nation’s total nonfarm payroll employment increased by  253,000 jobs. The largest gains were seen in the professional and business services (+43,000), health care (+40,000), leisure and hospitality (+31,000), social assistance (+25,000), financial (+23,000), and government (+23,000). 

The full Bureau of Labor Statistics report can be found here

Georgia Legislature approves coverage to help first responders cope with job-related PTSD treatment

The Ashley Wilson Act, named for Gwinnett police sergeant Ashley Wilson, passed unanimously in the Georgia House of Representatives, aiming to provide supplemental health insurance for first responders diagnosed with PTSD due to on-the-job experiences. This landmark legislation, celebrated for its potential to significantly aid in the recovery and support of traumatized first responders, reflects a broader recognition of PTSD’s serious impact on public safety personnel, promising financial and treatment support beginning January 1, 2025.

FAFSA delays pose challenges for Georgia college-bound students

Students across Georgia are facing delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, particularly challenging due to its late January rollout and additional complications for mixed-status families. Despite these setbacks, the Department of Education has implemented fixes for major issues, and officials, including MorraLee Keller of the National College Attainment Network, urge students not to give up on securing financial aid for college.