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Home Depot hiring 80K nationally for spring push, 1,200 in metro area

Home Depot is hiring more than 80,000 temporary workers nationwide for its big spring push — with upwards of 1,200 of those jobs slated for metro Atlanta, the company said Wednesday.

Unlike other retailers that go on a hiring spree around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the home improvement industry sees its greatest business when plants start growing and consumers think about lawn mowers and landscaping.

More than half of the temporary workers stay on to become full-time employees.

“There’s no better time to join our team than spring, whether you’re a college student, recent grad or a veteran hoping to build a career, a retiree who wants a fun job, or anyone who simply enjoys home improvement,” Tim Crow, the Atlanta company’s executive vice president of human resources, said in a statement.

The hiring comes as Home Depot has been benefiting from shoppers’ increasing shift to renovate their homes in a housing market that has been solid.

Home Depot said in December that it expects its annual revenue to surpass $100 billion in 2018 and backed its earnings and revenue outlook for the latest fiscal year that ended last month. It also said that sales at stores opened at least a year, a key measure of a retailer’s financial health, would rise 4.9 percent for the fiscal year that just ended.

Home Depot Inc. is expected to report its fiscal fourth-quarter and annual results on Feb. 23.

Jobs include sales, operations and cashier positions across all departments, the company said.

Home Depot is also looking for workers at its distribution facilities, including its Direct Fulfillment Center in Locust Grove.

Applications are online at Home Depot’s careers site, www.careers.homedepot.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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