Casey’s and Lowe’s announce plans to hire in Iowa
The Des Moines register reports that Casey’s announced last Friday that they plan to add 5,000 employees in the 16 states where they have stores. Lowe’s has also announced plans to increase hiring as the Iowans begin spring planting and gardening. Lowe’s plans to hire approximately 130 people in the Des Moines and Ames area.
Casey’s said in a press release that they will hold interviews open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 13 at its 2,300 stores. This will not only be for the retail positions, but also for the workers and drivers of their distribution center at the Ankeny headquarters. Applications can also be sent to caseys.com/careers or by texting TEAM at 227397.
The registry reports that Lowe’s local hire day will be on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at their two West Des Moines branches. Open positions include cashiers, storers, drivers, receivers and supervisors. Full-time and part-time positions will be available. Job seekers must be at least 18 years old.
Along with the rise in consumer spending, the registry reports that the national gross domestic product rose 6.4% in the first quarter of 2021, the Commerce Department reported last week. At the same time, the labor market is also starting to show signs of recovery. Iowa’s unemployment rate for the month of March was 3.7%, tied for the 7th lowest in the country. Many employees, especially restaurants, struggle to find employees.
With people being so at home during the pandemic, interest in home improvements has skyrocketed. Lowe’s stock has nearly doubled this year, and rival Home Depot has risen by more than 50%.