These 2 Home Improvement Retailers are Adding to the Unemployment Problem

Home Improvement chains continue with layoffs and cost-cutting measures. Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) are among the top chains slashing jobs.

Shares of Home Depot (NYSE:HD) gained early but fell with the general markets after the company followed Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) by cutting costs with a smaller plan. For example, a Louisiana call center will be rocked with layoffs over the next few months and may be eliminating over 400 jobs.

On the other side of the aisle, Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) has announced they will close 20 underperforming stores across 15 states, as well as halt any plans to open new stores in the future. Instead of opening 30 stores a year after 2012, the company will merely start 10-15 new ones annually.

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