Home Depot's (HD 0.43%) human resources department will be extremely busy over the next few months. The company announced that it will hire around 80,000 workers to staff its stores in the spring, its most active sales season. Although the bulk of that workforce will be taken on only for the season, the company may opt to keep a number of those employees on a more permanent basis.

The addition of the new workers will swell the firm's payroll. At the moment, it employs around 340,000 people in its 2,263 stores located in the U.S. and its territories, plus Canada and Mexico.

Home Depot's earnings rose by nearly 25% last year, making it one of the better-performing firms in the Dow Jones Industrial Index for 2013. The company is slated to release its Q4 results on Tuesday, Feb. 25.