The Georgia Mountains Hospice, The Ellijay and Jasper Councils of the Knights of Columbus, and The Rotary Club of Jasper invite you to the 2019 Mardi Gras in the Mountains!
Enjoy a spectacular evening with fine dining, a great band, silent auction
and coronation of the 2019 King and Queen and Honor Court.
When? Saturday – March 2, 2019, from 6:30pm – 11:00pm (black tie optional)
Vote for the Dawson King & Queen by clicking on the donate button below or visit mardigrasinthemountains.org. Each dollar equals one vote.
Dawson Queen ~ Andrea McKenzie
Andrea grew up in Warner Robins, Georgia with her four younger siblings. After high school graduation, she moved to Montgomery, Alabama where she graduated in 1997 from Auburn University with a bachelor degree in business. She began to work for a public accounting firm in Montgomery while preparing to take the CPA exam. During that time, Andrea gained experience in audit and tax with a focus in banking and non-profit entities. She became a CPA in the spring of 2001 and continued her career in public accounting. Andrea moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the fall of 2001 to be closer to family and joined a regional CPA firm. Over the past eleven years, she has continued to work in public accounting focusing on assurance services for nonprofits subject to government auditing standards, government proprietary funds, fraud and forensics engagements, employee benefit plans audits, broker dealer audits and construction company audits. Andrea and her husband, Michael, moved to Dawsonville in the fall of 2005. She is a member of Dawson County Rotary Club, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Georgia Society of CPAs. She serves as treasurer for Dawson County Rotary Foundation. She also served as treasurer of the Dawson County Humane Society from 2010 to 2015, Dawson County Wee Books Program from 2014 to 2017, Dawson County Rotary Club from 2017 to 2018 and for The Bowen Center for the Arts from 2015 to 2017. Andrea’s hobbies include boating on Lake Lanier, traveling, volunteer work, and spending time with family and friends.
Dawson King ~ Bob Alman
Georgia Mountains’ unemployment rate unchanged at 4 percent in May
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that the unemployment rate in the Georgia Mountains region in May was 4 percent, unchanged from April. In May 2016, the rate was 4.2 percent.
While the rate was unchanged, there were 1,854 more Georgia Mountains area residents employed in May than in April, pushing the total number to 322,801. The increase in the number of employed residents in May grew by 10,692 from May 2016.
From April to May, the labor force, which consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed and actively looking for jobs, increased by 1,861 to 336,335. As the number of employed residents rose, the number of unemployed increased by seven to 13,534.
Compared to May a year ago, the labor force had a net increase of 10,593. The number of employed grew by 10,692, and there were 99 fewer unemployed.
The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, declined by 397, or 28.5 percent, to 996. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing and administrative and support services. Over the year, claims were down by 743, or 42.7 percent, from 1,739 in May 2016.
Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 3.9 percent, while the River Valley region had the highest at 6 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for May was 4.9 percent, down from 5 percent in April. It was 5.3 percent in May 2016.
Job seekers and employers are encouraged to use GDOL’s online job listing service employgeorgia.com to search for jobs or recruit new employees. In May, 2,197 new job openings in the Georgia Mountains region were posted on Employ Georgia. Throughout the state, 70,120 new job openings were posted.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available atdol.georgia.gov
Visit dol.georgia.gov to learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers and to connect with us on social media.
DATA FOR THE METRO AREAS ARE ATTACHED, TABLES AND GRAPHS REFLECTING LABOR MARKET DATA ARE AVAILABLE AT http://dol.georgia.gov/current-labor-force-data-and-grants
North Georgia is surrounded by beautiful mountains, clean rivers, fresh air and clear skies. Whether you are interested in biking, hiking, canoeing or kayaking there are plenty of venues for your enjoyment. You may prefer to sample the many fine wines produced by the local vineyards or refresh with a craft beer. If organic gardening is your thing, then check out the local farms that provide a bounty for fresh vegetables and fruits. Feeling artistic? Then you will enjoy both fine arts and performing arts via our many museums and playhouses.
Come meet those businesses that make North Georgia such a fun and healthy place to live. Join us for the North Georgia Living Showcase and be amazed.
Saturday, June 10th, 2017. Highland Crossing Shopping Center, Highway 515, Ellijay, GA 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free. Like us on Facebook!
We are an hour’s drive and a world away…