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FLOWERY BRANCH | Falcons cheerleader named NFL's hottest

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons may not be in the Super Bowl this year, but a member of their team is a champion in her own right.

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell in January for a fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, as the economy added nearly a quarter-million jobs.

The jobless rate -- down from December's 8.5 percent -- is the lowest in almost three years. The rate is now eight-tenths of a percentage point under what it was last August, the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

BLS' separate survey of employers showed that nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 243,000 last month, with businesse adding 257,000 positions and a slight drop in private-sector employment.

Many economists had expected less payroll growth, according to surveys.

It said that private-sector job growth was widespread in January, with large increases in professional and business services as well as leisure, hospitality and manufacturing.

It was the fourth straight month of job gains nationwide.

Milton and McEachern top the Super 25 boys, girls polls

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and McEachern girls continue to lead the top the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls for this week. The computer generated polls for metro Atlanta teams are produced each week by USA Today.

   Columbia, Douglas County, Westlake, and Shiloh complete the top 5 for boys. Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Parkview make up the girls top 5..

Former Falcons share their Super Bowl memories

ATLANTA -- With Super Bowl XLVI just a few days away, four former Atlanta Falcons stopped by 11Alive's studio Friday morning to share their memories of the big game.

Jamal Anderson, O.J. Santiago, Chuck Smith and Jessie Tuggle chatted with Karyn Greer about playing in Super Bowl XXXIII, their plans for watching Sunday's game and their signature dance -- the Dirty Bird, which they later taught Chesley.

Check out Karyn's interview with the ex-Falcons in the attached video.

Chesley learns the Dirty Bird

ATLANTA -- Although 11Alive morning meteorologist Chesley McNeil is a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, he couldn't resist the opportunity to learn some of the Atlanta Falcons' signature moves.

On Friday morning, Jamal Anderson, O.J. Santiago, Chuck Smith and Jessie Tuggle visited 11Alive and gave Chesley a lesson in dancing the Dirty Bird.

Do you think our weatherman has all the right moves?

Habitat High teaches students skilled labor

Habitat High teaches students skilled labor

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- When Gov. Nathan Deal launched his Go Build Georgia program, he spoke of 16,000 new jobs that will become available to people with the necessary skills.

A high school initiative in Hall County is making sure that today's students will become some of tomorrow's most employable members of the workforce.

"Habitat High" has students spend a part of their school day building homes for Habitat for Humanity. The students have built eight houses in five years and are currently finishing up their ninth home.

11Alive's Donna Lowry reports.