Home Depot has announced it will hire quite a few new employees here in the Reno-Sparks area. The company plans to hire about 300 workers which works out to about 40 employees per store.
In total, Home Depot says it plans to hire 80,000 part-time and full-time employees nationwide — 14% more than it hired in 2012.
"No matter if you are in college, or retired or out of the military we have a job for you. If you like gardening, or design or just dealing with people we have a place you'll fit in," says Holly Robison of the Home Depot on South Virginia Street in Reno.
Most of the jobs are part-time but some are full-time. And while full-time would be better for he economy, economists say it's better than no hiring for spring.
"Yes, it's better than no jobs, but it's not really going to impact our unemployment here," said Elliot Parker, Professor of Economics at UNR. "If they were full-time jobs that would help. I mean in the last year we've only added about 800 jobs in retail here and maybe 3,000 total. So I guess anything helps some."
Parker adds that it does show that Home Depot expects to see more people invest in their homes and that could be a positive sign for the future here economically.