US Companies Hiring the Most Employees in 2011 Home Depot and McDonald's lead the way By Ashley Allen, Newser User Posted Apr 8, 2011 9:18 AM CDT Promoted on Newser Apr 8, 2011 4:00 PM CDT 20 comments Comments Shopping carts sit outside a Home Depot store in Chicago. (Getty Images) (User Submitted) – Most recessions end as small companies regain the capital needed to hire small numbers of workers at a time. That will most likely not happen this time around, however, because smaller companies have little capital and banks are hesitant to give out loans, reports 24/7 Wall Street. So which large companies plan to hire this year? Home Depot: 60,000 employees. Although the housing market has yet to fully recover, the chain plans to add 60,000 seasonal workers. McDonald's: 50,000 employees. McDonald's same-store sales have been on the rise. These gains could mean jobs for 50,000. Click to read the rest of the Top 10, which includes Lowe's and Ford.