Home Depot to add more than 60,000 seasonal jobs, The Washington Post, 2/15/11
ATLANTA -- Home Depot Inc. will hire more than 60,000 seasonal workers to help with its busy spring season.
The world's biggest home improvement retailer said Tuesday it will fill the positions before its second annual Spring Black Friday promotion.
"Spring is our Christmas and traffic is at its highest during this season," Craig Menear, executive vice president for merchandising, said in a statement.
Consumers typically head to home improvement stores in the spring to pick up flowers, vegetables and lawn care products as they prepare their residences for the summer.
Home Depot said the workers, who will be hired and trained in February and March, will be in every market. The Atlanta company currently has more than 300,000 employees.
Home Depot said it will also add some permanent part-time and full-time jobs this year, but did not specify how many.
In December Home Depot boosted its 2010 earnings and revenue outlooks on stronger sales. The chain also said it plans to open 10 new stores in 2011, including seven in Mexico.
Home Depot has 2,247 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China.