Fewer people in the Augusta metro area have been going to the unemployment line this year, according to Georgia’s labor department.
Data released Thursday, covering September and October, said there were fewer initial claims for unemployment compared to last year.
Year-to-date, there have been 17,571 jobless claims in the six-county metro area, a 5.8 percent decline from 2012. Most of that decline is attributable to Richmond County, which has 549 fewer unemployment claims in 2013 than in the same time period in 2012.
The widening of Old Petersburg Road/Old Evans Road is set to begin next year.
The Georgia Department of Transportation’s Office of Transportation Investment Act announced two construction projects Wednesday, one of which is in Columbia County.
That project, estimated to cost $34 million, will widen and reconstruct three miles from Old Baston Road to Washington Road. It includes construction of two bridges and approaches over the CSX Railroad and Reed Creek. The estimated completion is spring 2017.