Home Depot, Lowe’s Embark On Spring Hiring Sprees As Labor Market Stiffens

Home improvement retailers are hanging out the “Help Wanted” signs.

Home Depot announced plans Wednesday to hire more than 80,000 seasonal workers this spring, in line with last year, to meet peak demand.

Rival Lowe’s revealed its hiring plans last month, but on Wednesday said it would host its first national hiring day on Feb. 21. The North Carolina-based home improvement chain is planning to hire more than 53,000 temporary workers for the busy spring season, hoping to fill 8,000 more roles this year than it did in 2017.

Against a backdrop of job cuts, store closures and even warehouses going dark, the task of hiring more than 130,000 workers is easier said than done because the labor market is tightening and motivated candidates are harder to find.    MORE

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