Home Depot is bringing 1,500 jobs to the Bay Area as the home improvement retailer gears up for the spring, its busiest hiring and selling season.

The company announced Wednesday that is has begun a nationwide hire of 80,000 new employees, who will be brought on board to help with the sale of lawn and garden items, building supplies and home improvement products, the meat of Home Depot's $70 billion in annual sales.

Home Depot has about 30 stores in the Bay Area. Job seekers can apply online at www.careers.homedepot.com. Military members, veterans, retirees and students are encouraged to apply.

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