The Home Depot looks to hire while Lane County sees record-low unemployement

EUGENE, Ore. - According to the Oregon Employment Department, more people in Lane County have jobs than ever before. Locally, and across the state, Oregon has reached a record level of low unemployment. The latest data shows Lane County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in January. That is the lowest they have seen since they started tracking employment data in the early ‘90s.

The Home Depot is contributing to that job growth by adding 180 seasonal workers for spring time. It is their busiest season of the year, as people stock up on garden supplies and work on outdoor projects.

Twenty-four-year old Jacob Garcia donned his orange apron three weeks ago.

"I was very excited," Garcia said.

He says the job is helping him pay for school at Linn-Benton Community College.

"Kind of putting my head down with study and work, and this job really offers that opportunity to do so," Garcia said.

"For us, hiring associates to help sell the product, as well as everything from watering to stocking shelves is a vital part of our business," said Tyler Johnston, The Home Depot store manager in West Eugene.

It is also a vital part of a healthy economy in Lane County. University of Oregon Economy Professor Tim Duy says job growth continues to climb.

"For Lane County, we just got January numbers and they're looking pretty good," Duy said. "We have 2.1 percent job growth overall, compared to last year."

Duy said the up-tick in job growth will likely to continue into the summer as the leisure and hospitality industry starts up and students look for summer jobs. That will give people like Garcia a steady pay check and a chance to work.

Home Depot is looking for people of all ages, from students to veterans to retirees. All Home Depots in Eugene are hosting walk-in interviews on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Candidates need to fill out an application online before going to the event. You can find the application here:

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