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UPDATE: Lowe's to hire 54,000 workers for spring season

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Jan 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-24 07:56:29-05

ATLANTA (AP) — The home improvement retailer Lowe's plans to hire 54,000 part-time workers this spring, and company officials say they expect 9,000 of the jobs to become permanent positions.

The company will hire around 26 workers per store for the spring and summer. The Mooresville, N.C.-based company has 63 stores in Georgia. In Tallahassee, there are two Lowe's stores, which means that there will be about 50 seasonal jobs available in the local area.

Executives with the company say seasonal workers being hired include cashiers, lawn and garden specialists, loaders and stockers. The jobs will focus on customer support. The length of the seasonal employment will vary; however, seasonal employees are most needed in spring and summer months, typically from February until September, when weather has improved and customers are tackling both indoor and outdoor home improvement projects. The number of hours worked per week will vary based on the needs of individual stores, but, on average, seasonal employees could work an estimated 20-25 hours per week.

The permanent part-time positions include store associates focused on direct interaction and expertise for customers. Employees in the permanent positions will be scheduled to work during peak weekday shopping times.

Available positions are being posted and applications accepted online at www.lowes.com/careers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the company's hiring plans reflect a gradual turnaround in the housing market, a rebound in the economy and an improving job market.