Lowes has good news for job-seekers across the nation, as well as for the state of the country’s housing recovery. It will be adding 45,000 seasonal workers to its payroll this spring. Another 9,000 permanent part-time associate positions will also be added to its retail stores across the nation in the coming months.
Lowes hires as construction picks up
The hiring, says the Detroit Free Press, suggests that rising new housing construction and renovations are creating jobs across the United States.
Temporary and permanent hires added
The retailer, based in Mooresville, N.C., said on January 22 that those new seasonal hires will work an average of 20 to 25 hours a week. Most of those jobs will begin next month, but some are open to apply for now. The length of the assignments will vary by location and need, as will the rate of pay. But some seasonal workers may be kept on until as late as September.
The permanent part-time workers, said Lowe’s in an announcement, will work directly with its customers, providing them with “direct interaction and expertise.”
The spring and summer seasons are the do-it-yourself retailer’s tops selling months.
Those interested should apply now
Therefore, interested job seekers don’t have much time to waste. The positions can be applied for directly on the company’s website at http://www.lowes.com. Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on “careers.”
A turnaround for the retailer
It marks a turnaround for Lowe’s, which has always played second fiddle to the nation’s top home-improvement retailer, Home Depot. Lowe’s cut jobs and shuttered some poorly performing stores in 2011. Last year it hired 10,000 fewer workers than it did in the year prior.
Last year, Lowe’s hired only about 40,000 seasonal workers. Compare that to the 110,000 taken on by Home Depot in 2012. How that stacks up this year will not be known until Home Depot releases a statement about its spring seasonal hiring plans.
Fox Business says that the home improvement retail chain has been trying new turnaround strategies, such as adding everyday low prices and a wider variety of stock. The company is just now seeing the spoils of those moves. It’s fiscal earnings jumped 76 percent, according to Fox.
Lowe’s posted $37.41 per share on January 22, its highest in a year. According to Fox Business, that is an increase of 41 percent over the same interval.