Thursday, March 28, 2013
The city's labor force dropped by 121 workers from January to February.
Alpharetta retained the lowest unemployment rate – 6.4 percent – of all cities for which the Georgia Department of Labor calculates statistics. Alpharetta had 2,053 people who are counted as jobless in February, one fewer than in January. The number of people employed dropped slightly, but so did the labor force, down 121 to 32,037 workers. A year ago Alpharetta's jobless rate was only slighlty higher at 6.7 percent. The workforce was smaller by 869 people. City Rate Alpharetta 6.4% Atlanta 11.2 Douglasville 11.0 Johns Creek 7.0 Kennesaw 9.0 Marietta 8.7
Sandy Springs 6.5
Smyrna 8.4 Metro Atlanta…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Roswell and Sandy Springs had slight increases in January 2013, putting them in second best for employment in Georgia.
Alpharetta's unemployment rate held steady at 6.4 percent in January 2013, but increases in Roswell and Sandy Springs give it the lowest rate of any city measured by the Georgia Department of Labor. Alpharetta's revised unemployment rate for December 2012 was 6.4 percent. The city had 120 fewer people working – 29,984 – but the labor force was calculated to be 121 fewer people, so it balanced out. The 6.4 percent preliminary rate in January 2013 for Alpharetta is lower than the rate a year ago, which was 6.7 percent. City Rate Alpharetta 6.4% Johns Creek 7.0
Sandy Springs 6.5
Metro Atlanta 8.7
Georgia 8.7 The Georgia Department of Labor …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The SEC, Alabama and the University of Georgia are warning fans to beware of counterfeit tickets to Saturday's sold-out SEC title game.
If somebody's trying to sell you a ticket to Saturday's SEC Championship game between Georgia and Alabama, take a close look. It had better have two strips of SEC holographic foil at the top, and more foil on the championship logo in the middle. You ought to be able to see the SEC logo and name in the foil as you move the ticket around in your hand. If you can't, walk away. WRBL News reports that the SEC and the title-seeking teams are worried fans eager to get into the sold-out game might be scammed by counterfeiters. “It’s important to pay close attention to the details of the ticket, especially the holographic foil,” David Knight, director of championship ticket operations, said in a news release posted on the station's website. Are you…
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Bulldogs could coast to an SEC East title - if they can get past the undefeated Gators.
So, in their last two games, Georgia got trounced by South Carolina and barely squeaked by the unimpressive Kentucky Wildcats. And yet, Bulldogs faithful are still talking about a shot at the SEC championship. Why? Because the Bulldogs have only one loss, and if they beat Florida on Saturday, a relatively gentle schedule gives them an opportunity to cruise to the SEC East title. The schedule is so favorable, an AP reporter suggested that Georgia "might be the most fortunate team in the nation." Watch the Georgia-Florida game in downtown Alpharetta on a giant screen starting at 3:30 p.m. It might be better to be lucky than good, but are the Bulldogs good enough to beat a Florida team that wiped the floor with South Carolina, the team that …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Georgia's Economic Development Commissioner says city makes great decisions to cultivate its economy.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
By Chris Cummiskey Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development A state’s economic development team is only as powerful as its partners are strong. In Georgia, we are fortunate to have superb partners in every part of the state without whom our work would not be nearly so effective or rewarding. Alpharetta is among those. Like many cities in Georgia, Alpharetta has intrinsic assets for business that ensure its competitiveness: easy access to major interstates and highways, proximity to a major airport, a deep pool of talent, and reliable utility service. But what sets a community apart is how it chooses to cultivate its economy. And Alpharetta has made great decisions that are setting its growth on the path to success. The …
Friday, October 19, 2012
The Bulldogs are hoping for a strong performance, and some help from Florida, to get back into the SEC East title hunt.
We knew Bulldogs fans would be rooting for Florida this week, so the Gators can beat South Carolina and restore Georgia's opportunity to win the SEC East division. Aaron Murray's even telling people to. Murray told the AP that Georgia faithful have "a free pass" to be one-time Florida fans and added, "I definitely am." UGA head coach Mark Richt also got into the act, telling the press: "I'm definitely a Gator fan this week." Of course, what Richt, Murray and Bulldogs fans really need to concentrate on is getting the job done at Kentucky on Saturday. David Ching of ESPN's DawgNation blog notes that the Wildcats have played Georgia closer than their record might indicate, including a 19-10 game in 2011 in which the Bulldogs had to come from …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The North Fulton resident asks taxpayers to vote for local school board members who are pro-taxpayer and pro-educational freedom.
In a stunning show of power the State Charter Board using a little known and surprising procedural maneuver moved up the vote on FSA Middle School from June 14th to today. State School Board members stated that if FSA Middle School were granted a charter it would set a negative precedent for the education system and therefore it is believed that they will likely vote to deny a charter to FSA Middle School tomorrow. This was clearly a win for State and local educational bureaucrats who wish to deny parents of Georgia Educational freedom. It was clearly a show of power that while the Governor and Elected officials may support educational freedom --- the education system does not. It shows the contempt that entrenched educational …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A town hall meeting at the Crabapple Government Center Thursday night will give residents in Alpharetta, Milton and nearby communities a chance to quiz their representatives in the General Assembly.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Wondering what your lawmakers did at the state Capitol during the recent legislative session? Do you have questions on what passing–or rejecting–certain legislation means for local residents? Thursday night is your chance to find out, and to hear straight from six legislators' mouths what was accomplished this year. A Town Hall meeting is scheduled in Crabapple. Town Hall Meeting Crabapple Government Center Thursday, May 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Participants During this town hall meeting, the representatives will provide an overview of legislation passed during the General Assembly’s recent legislative session, answer constituent questions, and listen to any concerns constituents may have regarding the state. Residents of northwest Fulton County …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Georgia Department of Education said Fulton Science Academy Middle School was strong on academics, but weak on everything else required.
Fulton Science Academy Middle School's state charter application got a recommendation for denial from the GA Department of Education. The school "fails to meet the standard for a high-quality charter school due to governance, financial, and accountability issues and thus does not merit a state chartered special school charter," a summary of the recommendation states. Lou Erste, director of the department's charter schools division, said the school's attorney asked if they could submit a response to this recommendation. What do you think of the state's recommendation? Tell us in the comments below. The state school board will be given the school's charter petition and the department's recommendation for denial at its May 10 meeting. A …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Georgia Department of Labor will offer resume-writing advice in a live chat featured on Patch.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The quality of a job seeker's resume can mean the difference between landing an interview or landing in the trash can. The Georgia Department of Labor will offer a live chat with tips on resume writing from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, to help you get your foot in the door. You can join the chat on Alpharetta-Milton Patch. To submit questions in advance, go to the department's Facebook page or send a Twitter message to @GeorgiaDOL. To sign up for a reminder, click the “Job Seekers,” “Employers” or “Workforce Professionals” tab on Georgia DOL’s website and select the “Chat With An Expert: April 25” link in that page’s “Spotlight” section. You can also view replays of previous live discussions on topics including surviving a …