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WORKPLACE: Home improvement store hiring was minimal


WORKPLACE: Home improvement store hiring was minimal

WORKPLACE: Home improvement store hiring was minimal
News from Press-Enterprise:

There’s supposed to be some degree of March Madness for those seeking jobs at home improvement stores, but maybe that’s just not that big a California thing.

There were more retail jobs last month at stores in this category but not many. According to state Employment Development Department information, there were 12,300 Riverside and San Bernardino people working at these stores, but that’s only 300 more than March 2011, a 300-job increase from February.

March is to home improvement retailers what December is to Toys R Us. It’s the peak season, because a lot of home and garden work waits until spring. But that may be more of an issue for states such as Montana, which have actual winters. It’s not like homeowners in Banning have to wait for the snow to thaw.

Also, it was not a particularly wet winter in Southern California either. In fact, the somewhat weaker jobs report in March, both nationally and in the Inland area, may be traced to mild weather. Projects that might have waited until spring were done ahead of schedule.

One piece of data that jibes with this is the Inland area’s construction sector, which is still in the economic trash bin. There were 55,000 such jobs in the area in March, 4 percent fewer than March 2011. And March 2011 was pretty lousy. If few people were getting paid to work for construction companies, it shouldn’t be a…………… continues on Press-Enterprise

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80-plus vendors expected at this weekend’s Home Improvement Expo
News from Our Colorado News:

With home improvement-based businesses from all over the metro area converging on Highlands Ranch each year, the Highlands Ranch Community Association’s annual home expo has become a can’t miss for many do-it-yourselfers out there.

Wayne Hileman, owner of Counter Culture in Lakewood, is one return vendor who is looking forward to having a booth at the expo for the second consecutive year. However, last year was far from his first rodeo in the Ranch.

“I was a resident of Highlands Ranch for 18 years and have been going as long as I can remember,” said Hileman, a former kitchen wholesaler.

Whether there as a vendor, tradesman, or a home owner, Hileman said having the opportunity to mingle with hundreds of people, learn about interesting products new to the marketplace and talk shop with a variety of subject matter experts, the expo is no doubt a worthwhile experience for all who attend.

“For a community home show, I think it’s top-notch,” he said. “People can show up to this thing and find just about anything they need to paint, fix-up or remodel any room in their home.”

And while Hileman will be more than happy to talk countertops with prospective customers, others such as Sandra and Glenn Garvey, who own Handyman Matters in Centennial, are there to do a different kind o…………… continues on Our Colorado News

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