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Lowe’s hiring fewer seasonal employees this spring

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Mooresville-based Lowe’s Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to hire 25,000 temporary seasonal employees to help with the spring rush, fewer than the number of seasonal workers Lowe’s hired last spring.

In Charlotte, the company plans to hire about 700 employees for its 30 area stores.

The company said positions available include cashiers, loaders, stockers and workers in the lawn and garden section. Lowe’s hired 45,000 temporary employees last spring, as well as 9,000 permanent part-time workers.

Lowe’s spokeswoman Karen Cobb said the company hired more workers overall in 2013, and needed fewer seasonal workers this year as a consequence.

“The number of seasonal positions varies from year to year,” said Cobb, in an email. “In 2013, Lowe’s increased labor hours across many of our stores, so this year’s seasonal hiring plans have been adjusted to efficiently and effectively provide the best possible experience for our customers.”

Lowe’s said the number of hours employees work will vary from store to store, but the seasonal employees could work an average of about 20 hours per week.

The length of the positions varies, but Lowe’s said some jobs could last from February through September. Spring is typically the busiest time of year for home improvement retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Home Depot, the nation’s largest home improvement retailer, said last week that it plans to hire more than 80,000 temporary seasonal workers this spring.

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