(NEW YORK) -- With unemployment nationwide inching towards double-digits and showing no signs of letting up, retailers will have a large pool to choose from for seasonal hires. While seasonal jobs are traditionally thought of as part-time positions opened during the holidays -- when traditional retailers are busiest -- spring is the hottest season for many other industries.
-- Landscaping: As the weather improves, consumers spend money to improve their yards. Home improvement companies need workers to handle the rush. Home Depot announced that it will hire 60,000 seasonal workers, and Lowe's will bring in some 50,000 seasonal hires. In both cases, the positions last about 90 days, depending on region, and some people will be able to stay on based largely on performance -- the store's and their own.
If Home Depot needs workers for its garden departments, it's a sure bet that local businesses -- from nurseries, lawn care, and landscaping business to stores selling and servicing barbecues -- are ramping up, too, and will need seasonal employees.
-- Taxes: The giants like H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt have done the majority of their seasonal hiring for tax time, but opportunities still do exist especially for support staff throughout the country.
National staffing firm Accountemps says many tax prep firms wait to add staff into March, and they hire for everything from telesales, which is calling former clients to ask them to come back to have their taxes prepared, to bilingual tax preparers (especially Spanish speakers) and tax preparers who are certified and registered with the IRS.
-- Sports and recreation: While there's still snow on the ground in some parts of the country, amusement parks, such as Six Flags, Hershey Park, and Disney World, among others, need seasonal employees.
City, state, and national parks and local recreation programs are hiring now for spring break and they're getting ready for the summer, too.
Also, event staff companies are hiring part-timers now, from vendors in ballparks to security in convention centers and everything in-between.
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