HOUSTON -

Home Depot made a major job announcement Wednesday.

The world's largest home improvement retailer plans to hire 80,000 new associates nationwide, including 1,800 in the Houston area.

Home Depot says the increase in hiring comes just in time for the company's busiest selling season -- spring.

Home Deport encourages students, retirees, veterans and reservists to apply for these associate positions.

Veterans and reservists interested in employment, can take advantage of Home Depot’s online military skills translator to help match unique military skills to positions within the company.

Candidates interested in applying should click here. Then select "In-Store Hourly" and your city.