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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Johns Creek, GA. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Johns Creek.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Johns Creek, GA? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Johns Creek. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Johns Creek, GA, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Johns Creek. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Johns Creek, GA

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Johns Creek to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Johns Creek.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Johns Creek, GA, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Johns Creek man, ‘mastermind’ of $11M PPP fraud scheme, gets 15 years in prison

A Fulton County man at the center of a wide-ranging scheme that siphoned away more than $11 million worth of funds from the Paycheck Protection Program was sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to federal officials.Darrell Thomas, 36, of Johns Creek, pleaded guilty last summer to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of money laundering, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Ryan K. Buchanan said. Thomas’ 15 years in prison will be followed by five years on probation, and he has been ordere...

A Fulton County man at the center of a wide-ranging scheme that siphoned away more than $11 million worth of funds from the Paycheck Protection Program was sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to federal officials.

Darrell Thomas, 36, of Johns Creek, pleaded guilty last summer to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of money laundering, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Ryan K. Buchanan said. Thomas’ 15 years in prison will be followed by five years on probation, and he has been ordered to pay restitution of more than $13 million for multiple fraud schemes, Buchanan said.

After pleading guilty, Thomas forfeited more than $2 million in seized funds along with other assets bought with the proceeds of his fraud, Buchanan said. Thomas also surrendered multiple pieces of jewelry, including a gold Rolex watch, and three luxury cars: a 2018 Mercedes-Benz S65AMG, a 2018 Land Rover Range Rover and a 2017 Acura NSX.

As part of his plea, Thomas admitted that he obtained fraudulent Economic Injury Disaster loans of more than $1 million and car loans of nearly $2.5 million, in addition to the $11.1 million PPP money, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

According to Buchanan, Thomas was the “mastermind” behind a fraud scheme that stretched across the country and has, so far, led to charges against 23 people. Thomas is among 12 people who have pleaded guilty, six of whom have already been sentenced. The 11 other suspects have charges pending, Buchanan said.

The case against Thomas focused on the months from April through August of 2020, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Thomas admitted to orchestrating a scheme that secured 14 PPP loans in amounts between $700,000 and $850,000.

The Paycheck Protection Program was created as part of the CARES Act, which provided funds to businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure they could continue paying workers. Thomas coordinated with other defendants to submit falsified loan applications that included fake payroll information. None of the businesses had any employees or payroll expenses, and the loan applications were essentially identical, Buchanan said.

Once the PPP loans were deposited into the business accounts, about $5.5 million was transferred to an account held by Thomas, according to federal officials. The remaining funds were used by the supposed business owners for personal expenses. Buchanan said the U.S. Justice Department has seized more than $4 million in PPP loan proceeds from participants in the scheme.

Of the 11 others found guilty, five were from Georgia, federal officials said, but the case also ensnared defendants in California, Michigan and Ohio.

“Thomas orchestrated a massive fraudulent scheme to greedily line his pockets with stolen government funds that were intended to provide relief to small businesses and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Keri Farley, Special Agent of FBI Atlanta, said. “Hopefully, Thomas enjoyed his short-lived fun with all the luxury items purchased with stolen taxpayer money, as he will now pay for his crimes with a lengthy prison sentence.”

Spring Jamboree brings news of the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Georgia High School Football is returning to the spotlight this Thursday night with a star-powered, four-team spring jamboree at North Gwinnett High School and the televised broadcast, starting at 6 p.m. on Peachtree TV, will also be offering an exclusive look into the inaugural Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame—ahead of its Oct. 22 Induction Ceremony.Northside-Warner Robins and the host Bulldogs will scrimmage with their JV and reserves in the first of two sessions and the broadcast of the Georgia...

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Georgia High School Football is returning to the spotlight this Thursday night with a star-powered, four-team spring jamboree at North Gwinnett High School and the televised broadcast, starting at 6 p.m. on Peachtree TV, will also be offering an exclusive look into the inaugural Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame—ahead of its Oct. 22 Induction Ceremony.

Northside-Warner Robins and the host Bulldogs will scrimmage with their JV and reserves in the first of two sessions and the broadcast of the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame Spring Jamboree, presented by GeorgiaConstructionCareers.com, will go live at 6 p.m. for the second session that will feature the first-teamers. Immediately after Northside and North Gwinnett concludes, Class 7A powerhouses Marietta and Archer will scrimmage—opening with their first-teamers for the first session, before scrimmaging their junior varsity and reserves off camera after the broadcast concludes.

Outstanding partnerships, a top-tier digital team, on-air talent, experts and special guests all teamed up to capture the excitement of Georgia High School Football last season. Now, more games, premier events, support and features are setting the stage for an unforgettable 2022 lineup.

Thursday night’s broadcast will include Recruiting Expert Rusty Mansell of 247Sports calling parts of the game on the sidelines with the coaches and players and the head coaches will be wearing microphones as well as there being cameras in the huddle.

“From the time I agreed to be involved with Score Atlanta and CBS46, I made it clear it was important I thought we needed to make sure we were able to show tomorrow’s college football,’’ said Mansell. “I think the key to the early success we have had is being able to find those games with multiple high-level players. It was also important to me that we would be willing to go anywhere in the state of Georgia to showcase the deep talent of the state and what it is continuing to produce.”

Thursday’s jamboree will be the first-ever televised Georgia high school football spring scrimmage and moreover, it is also a fitting opportunity to celebrate everything to come this year with Score Atlanta and Peachtree TV’s unprecedented 35-game lineup including the two scrimmages, while highlighting all the excitement surrounding the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame ahead of its October inaugural induction ceremony on Oct. 22 at the College Football Hall of Fame. In fact, viewers on Thursday will get the chance to see the first batch of names that will go on the inaugural 100-ballot. These name releases will take place throughout Thursday’s broadcast and four players will be announced from each of the last seven decades: 1950′s, 1960′s, 1970′s, 1980′s, 1990′s, 2000′s and the segregated Georgia Interscholastic Association (1948-69). The GIA was made up of all African-American schools.

“We are about celebrating high school football from the past up till now,’’ said Score Atlanta President I.J. Rosenberg. “The 2.5 hours of television on Peachtree TV will give everyone a good look into four very strong high school programs. But at the same time, we will begin unveiling our ballot for the inaugural class of the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame. The full 100-player ballot, which will be announced in June, begins to tell you the story of high school football in Georgia. Our board has worked hard setting the standards a player has to reach to be inducted. There are hundreds of names, many you have heard of and some you haven’t, that will have a chance to receive this honor over the years. We also will have a big announcement Thursday night about what we are going to do with the nine Georgia high school players who have been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. I hope everyone tunes in because we are going to have a lot of fun up at North Gwinnett.’’

Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame Spring Jamboree

May 19 at North Gwinnett

6 p.m. North Gwinnett vs. Northside Warner Robins

7 p.m. Archer vs. Marietta

Sheriff Taylor’s Cup

August 6 at Meadowcreek High School

1 p.m. Brookwood 7th Grade vs. Parkview 7th Grade

Corky Kell Classic

August 17 at Johns Creek

5:30 p.m. Kell vs. Cherokee Bluff

8:30 p.m. Johns Creek vs. Parkview

August 18 at West Forsyth

5:30 p.m. North Atlanta vs. North Forsyth

8:30 p.m. West Forsyth vs. Archer

August 19 at Rome

2:30 p.m. Fellowship Christian vs. Mt. Pisgah

5:30 p.m. Cass vs. Kennesaw Mountain

8:30 p.m. Rome vs. Creekside

August 20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

10 a.m. McEachern vs. North Gwinnett

1 p.m. Brookwood vs. Norcross

4 p.m. Walton vs. Mill Creek

7 p.m. Marietta vs. Grayson

Great Atlanta Bash

August 26 at Midtown High School

8 p.m. North Atlanta vs. Drew

August 27 at Midtown High School

10 a.m. Carver vs. Riverdale

1 p.m. Mays vs. Douglas County

4 p.m. South Atlanta vs. Chapel Hill

Drive for the GHSA State Title

Regular Season

September 2

8 p.m. North Cobb at Buford

September 9

8 p.m. Jefferson at Oconee County

September 16 (TBA)

September 23 (TBA)

September 30 (TBA)

October 7 (TBA)

October 14 (TBA)

*October 21 (HOF GAME)

October 28 (TBA)

November 4 (TBA)

Postseason

November 11 (TBA)

November 18 (TBA)

November 25 (TBA)

December 2 (TBA)

*Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame Game

October 21 at Brookwood High School

8 p.m. Grayson at Brookwood

Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

October 22 at the College Football Hall of Fame

Georgia Elite Classic

December 29 at Rome’s Barron Stadium

10 a.m. 8th Grade All-Star Game

12:45 p.m. Senior vs. Junior All-Star Game

3:30 p.m. Sophomore vs. Freshmen All-Star Game

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Want A Gorgeous Garden? Here's How Much Landscaping The Johns Creek Area Costs

This post is sponsored and contributed by Thumbtack, a Patch Brand Partner.This season, make your dreams of a freshly manicured lawn or a flower-filled yard a reality when you hire a top-rated landscaper.For some, the garden of their dreams might look like a flower-filled space brimming with a colorful assortment of petunias, roses and marigolds. And for others, their ideal garden is a lush, neatly manicured outdoor oasis or a hardscape haven composed of stone, wood and other materials that require little maintenance and less...

This post is sponsored and contributed by Thumbtack, a Patch Brand Partner.

This season, make your dreams of a freshly manicured lawn or a flower-filled yard a reality when you hire a top-rated landscaper.

For some, the garden of their dreams might look like a flower-filled space brimming with a colorful assortment of petunias, roses and marigolds. And for others, their ideal garden is a lush, neatly manicured outdoor oasis or a hardscape haven composed of stone, wood and other materials that require little maintenance and less water. No matter your garden or lawn preference, you'll likely need an outdoor landscaping and design professional to bring your exciting vision to fruition.

When you're ready to hire a pro for your landscaping needs, Thumbtack — a convenient home services app used by millions — makes it simple to find top-rated outdoor landscaping and design professionals in the Johns Creek area. Each pro on Thumbtack has their own profile with price information, allowing you to find a landscaper who works within your budget.

The cost of landscaping can vary widely depending on the type of services rendered and the size of your yard, but the average fixed cost to hire a professional for an outdoor landscaping and design job in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA region is $$1,101, according to data obtained by Thumbtack.

Ready to have the best yard on the block or the garden you've always dreamed of? Here are some outdoor landscaping and design professionals in the Johns Creek area.

Once your lawn or garden is looking its absolute best, you can then move on to improving other parts of your home. In addition to finding outdoor landscaping and design professionals, you can use Thumbtack to connect with other pros in your area to complete just about any home task. Among the top-rated pros available are house cleaners, plumbers, HVAC technicians and home organizers. Thumbtack pros even have reviews, so you know exactly what other Johns Creek community members thought of their services.

Pricing data is based on projects requested on Thumbtack in the past 24 months as reported directly by the independent service professional or individual consumer.

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Georgia job growth strong as unemployment remains at record low

The stock market has plunged, interest rates have climbed, inflation may be biting, and talk of recession is in the air, but business has been pretty good at Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions.Like many Georgia employers, the Athens-based company has been less worried about finding customers and more worried about obtaining workers to get the job done, said Scott Clark, owner of the fir...

The stock market has plunged, interest rates have climbed, inflation may be biting, and talk of recession is in the air, but business has been pretty good at Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions.

Like many Georgia employers, the Athens-based company has been less worried about finding customers and more worried about obtaining workers to get the job done, said Scott Clark, owner of the firm that filters and deep-cleans fryers in commercial kitchens.

He has two workers, each working from a $75,000 van outfitted with cleaning equipment. He is poised to hire a third employee, he said.

“He’s a really good guy, and I don’t want to let him slip away,” Clark said. “I don’t ever hire when I need someone, I hire when I find the right person.”

Since the start of the year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has shed about 15% of its value, but the rebound of the Georgia economy has continued, according to a report Thursday from the state Department of Labor.

Georgia added 19,000 jobs last month, more than three times the pre-pandemic average for April growth. That kept the unemployment rate at its all-time low of 3.1%, unchanged from March and still lower than the national rate, said Mark Butler, the state’s labor commissioner.

That jobless rate held steady even though the labor force grew 16,337 during the month. The number of Georgians out of work and searching for a job is now at its lowest level since June 2001, a reflection of the pace of hiring.

The state’s job board has listings for more than 315,000 unfilled positions, Butler said.

But filling a position is not as easy as posting it, said Julie Anderson, vice president of the Marietta-based Wrench Group, which owns several area service companies, including Coolray Heating and Air and Mr. Plumber.

“We have hired 150 people this year in metro Atlanta,” she said. “But it is incredibly difficult to find these people because most of them are already working.”

The Georgia data contradicts the prevailing gloom on Wall Street, where stocks have sunk beneath a wave of fears about high gas prices, rising interest rates and inflation. Adding to that gloom was a report Thursday that jobless claims nationally climbed nearly 11%.

In contrast, Georgia’s initial claims last week fell to fewer than 4,000, which is below typical pre-pandemic levels.

Thursday’s report from the state DOL confirms what lenders are seeing, Katie Saez, regional president at Truist Bank, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Companies might be coping with higher costs, but they see strong demand and they want to meet it.

“There still continues to be a lot of strategic investment to grow businesses, to venture into new territory,” she said. “What I am hearing about is the labor shortage, the high level of competition for talent.”

That competition is especially acute in home services, where the pandemic fueled a spike in demand, said Dave Rychley, president 360 Painting, a metro-wide service for homes and small businesses with 75 employees.

Much of his hiring is done by word of mouth, with offers of higher pay or more flexibility since he generally has to lure someone away from another job, he said.

“There just aren’t a lot of out-of-work painters, not good ones,” Rychley said.

Other in-person services that suffered during the pandemic are now scrambling for workers as consumers return.

“It was a pretty rough couple of years for the business,” said Duane LeVine, a principal in Level 5 Capital Partners, which invests in wellness and fitness ventures, and is the majority investor in Big Blue Swim School in Johns Creek.

The school has fewer than 20 employees, and if the right candidates appeared, LeVine said, he would hire up to seven more.

Big Blue has made many of the jobs part-time, aiming to give workers the flexibility they need to stay with the company longer, he said.

“When you are talking about swim lessons for your child, what you want is consistency,” he said. “It’s not a passive job, you have to be passionate. These are kids’ lives and it’s an essential skill that you are teaching.”

But pay is always central to hiring.

To attract and retain workers, wages in many fields last month were rising at an annual rate of 6%, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. And for workers switching jobs, the pay hike averaged 7.2%.

While those are historically large bumps for wage growth, inflation is also taking a bite, so growth in real terms isn’t quite as robust.

“The jobs that stay open are the typically the most unattractive or those that don’t pay as much,” said Jill Eubank, vice president of Randstad, a global staffing company.

A successful company has to adapt to the willingness of workers to switch jobs, she said.

“It used to be, we would ask employers, ‘What do you typically pay?’” she said. “But now they are constantly asking us, ‘What should I be paying to find the employees I’m looking for?’”

The strongest wage growth has been in transportation and warehousing, where many jobs pay 25% more than they did pre-pandemic, she said.

And that sector — which includes grocery, home improvement and retail stores, as well as warehousing and logistics — has made up much of the hiring during the economic rebound of the past two years, said state Labor Commissioner Butler.

That sector now accounts for more than 1 million jobs in Georgia, a sign that consumers who account for more than two-thirds of the economy are still in solid financial shape, he said.

Georgia unemployment rate:

Highest, pre-pandemic: 10.9% (Nov., 2009)

Lowest, pre-pandemic: 3.4% (Dec., 2000)

Highest, pandemic: 12.5% (April, 2020)

Current: 3.1% (April, 2022)

Georgia jobs, pre-pandemic:

Best April: +36,800 (2005)

Worst April: -24,900 (2001)

Average April: 5,200

This April: +19,000

Sectors with the most hiring in April:

Wholesale trade

Administrative and support services

Accommodation and food services

Transportation and warehousing

Retail trade

Industries with more than 10,000 jobs open now:

Manufacturing

Accommodation and food services

Retail Trade

Professional, scientific and technical services

Finance and insurance

Transportation and warehousing

Annualized pace of wage growth:

April, 2022: 6.0%

April, 2021: 3.2%

April, 2020: 3.3%

April, 2019: 3.6%

April, 2018: 3.3%

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Georgia Department of Labor, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Why Termite Inspections In The Johns Creek Area Are Worth Every Penny

An ounce of prevention can save you lots of money in the long run and keep your home safe from damage.Every year, termites cause billions of dollars of structural damage, and property owners spend over $2 billion treating these destructive pests. Preventing an infestation can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars out of your own pocket since ...

An ounce of prevention can save you lots of money in the long run and keep your home safe from damage.

Every year, termites cause billions of dollars of structural damage, and property owners spend over $2 billion treating these destructive pests. Preventing an infestation can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars out of your own pocket since many insurance companies will not cover termite damage. The destruction can be extensive, requiring repairs to structural beams, windows and even interior wall framing, which is why it's vital to have a professional termite inspector visit your home annually.

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O-Zone: Numbing consistency

JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …ET from St. Augustine, FLAll the people bemoaning our schedule are jumping the gun. Remember, in the preseason of 2018, the Jags were listed as high as No. 3 in the preseason polls. How many opposing fans were worried about facing the dreaded Jags at that point in time? As they say after financial advertisements, "Past performance is no guarantee of future results." You think?Good eye. You don't know the real difficulty of an NFL schedule until five...

JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …

ET from St. Augustine, FL

All the people bemoaning our schedule are jumping the gun. Remember, in the preseason of 2018, the Jags were listed as high as No. 3 in the preseason polls. How many opposing fans were worried about facing the dreaded Jags at that point in time? As they say after financial advertisements, "Past performance is no guarantee of future results." You think?

Good eye. You don't know the real difficulty of an NFL schedule until five or six weeks into a season. While many assume a team such as the Denver Broncos will contend in 2022 after acquiring quarterback Russell Wilson, the reality is NFL offseason moves fail as often as they succeed. Even big moves. At first glance, the Jaguars' 2022 schedule appears difficult – primarily because observers assume the AFC West will be one of the toughest divisions in recent memory. Perhaps that will be the case. My gut feeling is somehow it won't be quite as strong as many believe. But either way: There do appear to be tough aspects of the Jaguars' '22 schedule. One aspect is November. That's when they play the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens; and history tells us those franchises are consistent over time, and that they will be difficult opponents late in the season. The most difficult parts of the Jaguars' 2022 schedule from this observer's view? Four road games in the first six games of the season and four of five on the road late in the season. You may not know the quality of those opponents, but those are two difficult road stretches.

Is it not a bit of a risk for the NFL to schedule Thursday Night Football for the Jaguars at Jets so late in the season (Week 16) when both teams could easily be out of playoff contention by then in a prime-time matchup?

The Jaguars-New York Jets game is on a Thursday night – not Monday or Sunday, which are considered more premium time slots. Besides, maybe that late December game will be Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence versus Jets quarterback Zach Wilson in a key game between contenders. No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft versus No. 2 overall with the postseason at stake? Cool stuff, huh? Did we ever consider that? Anyone? Anyone?

Joe from Far, far away

Gonna step on your lawn for just a second., then a question. After the trade deadline, EVERY player must pass through waivers, including those with four or more years. Now, the question is, when is the trade deadline this season? I know it is usually in late November. Thanks for the info.

The NFL's trade deadline typically is the Tuesday after Week 8.

Nick from Virginia Beach, VA

Please bring back the classic uniforms. The team drastically declined once they changed the uniforms. What's your favorite Jags uniform?

This is not an area of passion for me. I suppose I liked the original uniforms fine. I didn't mind the mustard gold look (/ducks). I didn't love the two-tone helmets. I'm not nuts about some aspects of the current iteration, but I do like the black numbers with white jerseys and white pants. Sorry. This just doesn't keep me up nights, though I do understand the passion many fans have for the subject.

Do you have a favorite after the first round of the 2022 Roar audition?

I have no idea what you're talking about.

Vince from Farmington, NM

Funkmeister- I keep hearing that we only have one prime time game this year. Prime time games to me are the sole games on any network during that time slot, such as Monday night, Thursday or a holiday special. With the London game being in a sole time slot typically, wouldn't that count as a "prime" slot, even if it's earlier?

That may be your definition of "prime time," but most people think of it as games played in the evening. In that sense, the Jaguars have had just one prime-time game every season since 2011 – except 2017, when they had none.

Don from Marshall NC

Don't you think the Jaguars see Travon as a kind Calais Campbell type of player? Being able to bring pressure from the middle? That's who he reminds me of. The other guy wanted to play for his hometown team and they ran up like fools to get him. I am sure we got the right guy now! Go Jaguars!

There could be some similarities there, particularly in the sense that former Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell could play multiple positions effectively. But Walker will start at as an outside linebacker with his hand off the ground – and with the ability to move to the interior. Campbell was a down lineman.

Daniel from Jersey City, NJ

O-man, what should a pro quarterback's study habits look like, exactly?

Diligent, efficient and prioritized to the point that it's pretty much the most important thing in his life during the regular season.

Kent from Corpus Christi, TX

An additional question about waivers for you. Did last year count as a year towards the four 'waiver' years for Travis Etienne? Also, is he now a first-year veteran? Thanx.

Jaguars running back Travs Etienne Jr. accrued a season toward free agency while on injured reserve as a rookie in 2021 – as do all NFL players who spend a season on injured reserve. He now is a second-year NFL veteran.

Mike from Bridgeport, CT

The Jaguars' uniforms don't need a change, just some tweaking. Add a touch of gold to the set. Some gold and black piping outlining the numbers of their teal jerseys would be sharp. Or even an alternate that uses gold numbers. Also, bring back the late 90s set as a throwback for a game or two a year. As Tony Boselli gets inducted to the Hall of Fame this year it's time to do more to celebrate the past. These are no brainers.

One fer tweaking …

John from Jacksonville

Hi, KOAGF. It seems the Jaguars and having a No. 1 WR don't mix well. The No. 1 WR gets injured and then we struggle in the pass game. I think I would rather have a bunch of No. 2 WRs that can keep things going if one or two get injured along the way. Agree/Disagree?

I don't know that the Jaguars have that much experience with "true No. 1 receivers," though Allen Robinson and DJ Chark Jr. in recent seasons have dabbled with that role. You ideally would have a No. 1 wide receiver who truly makes defenses account for him, who can draw double teams and be a go-to guy. The Jaguars don't appear to have that guy, but Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson has been successful offensively at previous stops without such a player.

_John, we've always excelled at the running back position whether it's through the draft, UDFAs, or free agency from James Stewart, Natrone Means, Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew, Leonard Fournette and James Robinson. Now at the receiver position, other than Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell, Justin Blackmon had the potential to be great. Why has it been harder for this organization to find and develop receivers than running backs? _

Wide receivers generally are harder to find than running backs. Not having great play at the quarterback position hasn't helped the Jaguars here, either. I would argue that a player such as Robinson could have been equal at his position to backs such as Stewart, Means and Fournette had Robinson's quarterback play here been better. But no … the Jaguars haven't drafted receivers well over the years. I don't know that there's a reason. If there is, I don't know it – and the organization certainly would have solved it.

Jeff from Jacksonville

With Marvin Jones' experience, where do you see him playing in the new mix of receivers added this year to the team?

Starting.

O, you attended several Jaguar minicamps over the years. Who were the players that lived up to the hype and those that didn't?

I don't recall all that much "hype" specifically stemming from Jaguars minicamps. I'm not being difficult here, but minicamps are pad-less practices with comparatively little one-on-one or team work – and certainly no contact. It's not a hype environment. There have been players who have been hyped off practices in the past. I remember wide receiver Keelan Cole generating excitement as a rookie free agent, and quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw a hell of a deep ball early during his rookie training camp. Cole became a productive receiver and remains in the league. Gabbert is now the backup for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I wrote in a few weeks ago to tell you know how much I hated you. I wrote a few days later to tell you I hated you more. Nothing has changed.

Why would it?

2024 WVU LB Target Andrew Hines III Speaks to WV Sports Now

2024 West Virginia football target Andrew Hines III caught up with WV Sports Now after his visit to the team’s spring game back in April. Hines last spoke with WV Sports Now back in November of 2021. He was offered by the school in October of that year.“When I went to West Virginia i...

2024 West Virginia football target Andrew Hines III caught up with WV Sports Now after his visit to the team’s spring game back in April. Hines last spoke with WV Sports Now back in November of 2021. He was offered by the school in October of that year.

“When I went to West Virginia it was very impressive, it was very high-energy,” said Hines. “The people there were all very welcoming, even some took pictures with me. The coaches were very welcoming. Even after the spring game, they left me behind, I was the only recruit to do a campus tour by myself.”

Hines is still a sophomore at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, so he hasn’t been able to have an official visit yet. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker has 30 offers as of this moment. He’s been offered by Arkansas, Boston College, Buffalo, California, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Duke, Harvard, Illinois, Kansas, Liberty, Louisville, Marshall, Maryland, Middle Tennessee State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ole Miss, South Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Toledo, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.

247Sports reports that he is also being targeted by Florida State, Georgia and Notre Dame. In our interview, he said that Clemson and Ohio State were also recruiting him, though neither of those schools have offered as well.

Hines said that he hasn’t narrowed down his list yet, but is looking at all the schools that have offered him thus far. He said specifically named West Virginia as a school that he has been talking to a lot. Our interview with him back in November stated that it was special teams coach Jeff Koonz who was taking the lead on the recruiting for Hines. Hines said one of the attractive things about West Virginia is the linebacker-heavy scheme that they run on defense. Hines’s goal is to make the NFL, so this stood out to him.

“I love how the program’s defense is run by the linebackers,” said Hines. “They do a lot with their linebackers. They blitz them all the time. It’s a linebacker-heavy scheme. I like how they cover. They play a lot of zone, they prepare guys for the NFL because some schools just play man and hope that their DB or rover or drop down safety can guard the guy, that’s not really preparing them. West Virginia is preparing them for the NFL by installing all these zone packages and linebacker blitzes. That definitely stands out to me.”

Hines’s high school Woodward Academy is an independent, co-educational college-preparatory school for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade on two campuses located in College Park and Johns Creek, Georgia. Hines goes to the school in College Park and starred on their football team that went 11-1 with their lone loss coming against Blessed Trinity in the playoffs. Despite Woodward being a school designed to prepare students for college, Hines credits his father with preparing him to play at the next level.

“He always pushes me to be the best that I can be,” said Hines. “He didn’t get the chance to play in college, because he got hurt, but he definitely knows what it’s like to be recruited. He always pushes me. Even sometimes when I don’t feel like it, he pushes me even further, past where I can go. He helps me become the best me I can be.”

Providence Christian Academy hires IV Bray as new principal

IV Bray, who has spent the last nine years as principal of the No. 1-ranked high school in the state, is joining the leadership team at Providence Christian Academy, school officials announced Tuesday.Bray, who served as principal of Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology since 2013, will serve as the high school principal at the Lilburn campus and will also be Associate Head of School for Academics.“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Bray to Providence,” Head of School Joey Thacker said. “His breadth of ...

IV Bray, who has spent the last nine years as principal of the No. 1-ranked high school in the state, is joining the leadership team at Providence Christian Academy, school officials announced Tuesday.

Bray, who served as principal of Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology since 2013, will serve as the high school principal at the Lilburn campus and will also be Associate Head of School for Academics.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Bray to Providence,” Head of School Joey Thacker said. “His breadth of experience will advance our ability to provide students with an academic program that challenges and prepares them.

“And his strong Christian faith aligns him with our goal to have Godly leadership who exemplifies Christ and encourages the spiritual formation of our students.”

Bray has worked in the Gwinnett County Public Schools system since 1994. The last nine years have been at GSMST, which has been ranked the No. 1 high school in the state 10 straight years by US News and World Report. The school has also ranked No. 9 in the nation the past two years.

Bray said he is looking forward to working with the students at Providence Christian.

“Gwinnett County Public Schools has been great to me and my entire family and I am thankful for all of the professional opportunities afforded to me the last 28 years in GCPS,” Bray said. “As I transition to join the leadership team at Providence Christian Academy, I look forward to using my skills and experiences to positively impact students beyond the academic aspects of their lives.

“Sound spiritual growth and development of young people is crucial for families and the world in which we are all called to serve.”

Bray taught physics for 13 years at GCPS, and was named the Gwinnett County High School Teacher of the Year in 2004 and received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement (Physics) Teaching in 2005.

From 2007 until 2013, he served as an assistant principal, including five years Parkview High School. He holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from LaGrange College and a master of education and an education specialists degree from the University of Georgia.

Providence Christian enrolls students from preschool through 12th grade and has served families in Gwinnett and surrounding counties for 31 years. In 2017, the school opened a second high school in Johns Creek and an affiliate school in Seoul, South Korea.

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