Times are so hard that when we actually hear about a company hiring, it turns out to be news. In this case, it's 900 seasonal jobs tending plants at Home Depot stores. The company, Bell Nursery, says it may be able to work around schedules for people who already have jobs. Work starts in May and ends in early July.
Bell Nursery provides live plants to Home Depot in the Philadelphia area, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio. How many of those 900 jobs are close to home are unknown. Besides people tending the plants at the stores, particularly on weekends, the company needs drivers and loading dock crew. Click here for more info.
A key employment measure is the number of people who are working part time because they can't find full-time work or because slack business conditions mean they aren't getting full-time hours. Over the year, the total number of people in that situation has declined, the U.S. Labor Department has reported. That's because business conditions have improved enough to allow part-time workers to add hours. But it's not a completely rosy picture, because offsetting that decreasing number is an increase in the number of people forced to work part time because they can't find full-time jobs.