(USA TODAY) -- Home Depot, the largest U.S. home improvement retailer, is hiring for more than 80,000 seasonal positions in its stores as spring nears and the housing market improves.
"Spring is our peak hiring season," said Tim Crow, executive vice president for human resources at the Atlanta-based company.
The retail chain, which has more than 2,200 stores nationwide and employs about 340,000, typically adds seasonal employees in the spring. But its outlook also has been buoyed by the continually recovering housing market. The number of new housing construction projects rose 18.3% in 2013 to about 923,400, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In its most recent quarterly earnings in November, Home Depot reported a 7.4% year-over-year increase in quarterly sales to $19.5 billion.
Home Depot says new seasonal job opportunities vary based on demand and weather at local markets. It says job seekers must apply online at www.careers.homedepot.com. Some seasonal workers may be asked to stay on as permanent employees.
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