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Lowe's to hire close to 180 seasonal, part-time employees locally

Lowe's is looking to hire about 180 contractors and people with experience in the home improvement trades for seasonal and part-time positions at its seven locations in San Diego County.

The North Carolina-based company announced Wednesday it plans to hire approximately 45,000 seasonal employees and 9,000 permanent part-time employees at its stores in the United States.

"We plan to hire 25 and 26 employees at each store," said Karen Cobb, a Lowe's spokesperson. "We are looking for people with retail experience, plumbers, electricians, painters, landscapers and people who have knowledge of home improvement."

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

Cobb said Lowe's does not to disclose how much it pays staff or potential employees and could only say they "offer very competitive" rates.

Lowe's (NYSE: LOW) stock closed at $38.41 on Thursday.

Scott Crosby, president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego chapter, said he hasn't seen or heard of contractors taking these types of jobs that Lowe's has been offering the last few years.

"Most small independent contractors are trying to improve their business, going to work for a larger company or just leaving the industry," Crosby said.

Home Depot (NYSE: HD), a competitor of Lowe's, has not yet announced plans to hire seasonal employees, but according to a spokesperson, they will sometime in the next few weeks.

Other seasonal jobs Lowe's is looking for includes cashiers, loaders and stockers.

On average, seasonal employees will work an estimated 20-25 hours per week.

"The number of hours worked per week will vary based on the needs of individual stores," Cobb said.

Seasonal employees typically work from February until September. Lowe's said they hire for the spring and summertime because home improvement jobs typically happen when the weather gets warmer and people are more conducive to taking on projects.

"Our Christmas rush is in the spring and summer times," Cobb said, adding that the most popular projects are painting.

Lowe's plans to hire and train seasonal employees first in areas where the temperatures have begun to heat up and then continue to other markets based on geography.

"We are looking for candidates who are experienced in any of the home improvement trades, and, most importantly, those who are committed to providing Lowe's customers an exceptional service experience," said Scott Purvis, vice president of human resources and operations, in a statement.

Last year, Lowe's hired 40,000 seasonal workers and in 2011, the company hired 8,000 permanent part-time associates.

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