The Home Depot to hire more than 80,000 seasonal workers; How many will Corpus Christi end up with?



The well known home improvement retail chain Home Depot announced this week that they plan to add 80,000 season retail jobs to the nation’s economy this Spring, but some are asking exactly how this will impact the local economy here in Corpus Christi and on the Southside?

A spokesperson for Home Depot said that as far as for Corpus Christi, they are looking into those numbers. But local and area leadership with the retailer suggest that with better weather right around the corner, many Southsiders will be getting out to jump on landscape and home improvement tasks that have been building up.



In the San Antonio area, Home Depot says that they plan to hire about 750 per store, and in the Houston area another 1,500 per store over the course of the spring.

Seasonal assignments last up to 120 days, but in years past about half of these associates have transitioned into permanent roles with the company.

As for the economics behind the hiring it is common for companies to see a higher up tick during the Spring months as people head outside to do more landscape work and home improvement projects. However, economists that we spoke with all say that consumers not only buying the normal plants and shrubs, but are also buying bigger ticket items such as lawn tractors and accessories. They say that with the stronger economy, consumers are reacting—especially here in Corpus Christi and on the Southside where most of the newer money is located and spending is taking place.

For job seekers, convenience is vital when applying for a job. The company says that they are launching a new tool that helps hiring teams move candidates through the hiring process faster. The move is the latest in a series of improvements to Home Depot’s candidate experience. Last year, it launched a technology that allows job seekers to self-schedule their in-person interviews and since its launch, nearly one million candidates have used it.

If you would like to apply for a job at Home Depot, applicants are encouraged to apply via the retailer’s website at www.careers.homedepot.com for the 15-minute application, or text HOMEDEPOT to 52270 for a link to apply to local positions.

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