Casey’s announced Friday that it is planning to add 5,000 employees in the 16 states where it operates.
Also Friday, Lowe’s, anticipating a summer surge in business as Iowans plant gardens and launch home improvement projects, said it was preparing to hire for more than 130 positions in the Des Moines metro and Ames — part of a drive to hire 50,000 additional workers nationally.
Casey’s said in a news release that it will hold open interviews from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 13 at its 2,300 stores, not only for retail positions but for workers and drivers at its distribution center at its Ankeny headquarters.
It said applications also may be made online at www.caseys.com/careers or by texting TEAM to 227397.
Lowes said in its news release that its local hiring day will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4 at the two West Des Moines Lowe’s locations — 450 S. Jordan Creek Pkwy. and 1700 50th St. — and at the Ames store at 120 Airport Road. Open positions include cashiers, drivers, stockers and receivers and supervisors, both full-time and part-time, the home improvement giant said.
It said job-seekers 18 and older may apply in-person from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4 at the two West Des Moines Lowe’s locations — 450 S. Jordan Creek Pkwy. and 1700 50th St. — and at the Ames store at 120 Airport Road.
Candidates will meet with hiring managers and may receive same-day offers, Lowe’s said, adding that no resumes or reservations for interviews are required.
With people working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and government stimulus projects putting cash in their pockets, interest in home improvement has boomed. Lowe’s stock price has nearly doubled over the past year, and Home Depot’s has risen almost 50% (Menards, the other major home improvement chain in Iowa, is not publicly traded).
With consumer spending up, the national gross domestic product grew 6.4% in the first quarter of 2021, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Thursday.
At the same time, the job market is showing signs of recovery from record unemployment levels early in the pandemic recession. Iowa’s unemployment rate for March, the latest month reported, was 3.7%, tied with Kansas for seventh-lowest in the nation, and some employers — especially restaurateurs — are having trouble finding enough workers.
Hannah Rodriguez covers retailing for the Register. Reach her at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @HRodriguez15.