One Million Apply for 62,000 Jobs…with McDonald’s

Friday, May 06, 2011
(photo: AP)
There has been so much talk in Washington and in the news about the national debt, terrorism, wars and healthcare that one might think these are the issues that most concern Americans in 2011. But opinion polls consistently show that none of these issues is as important to most Americans as the Big Issue: unemployment and the economy.
An unusually vivid example occurred on April 19, which McDonald’s declared National Hiring Day, encouraging people across the country to apply for a job.
The world’s biggest restaurant chain reported that it received one million applicants for open positions, which resulted in 62,000 people gaining employment. Another 900,000 plus were turned down.
A McDonald’s spokeswoman said the company had planned to hire only 50,000 new employees. But the intense demand prompted it to take on an additional 24% in staff.
Throughout the country, the dearth of job opportunities prompted huge numbers of people to ask Ronald McDonald for employment. In Florida, for example, 100,000 applications were submitted for about 4,300 positions. In Chicago, more than 75,000 job-seekers vied for 2,000 openings.
-David Wallechinsky, Noel Brinkerhoff
75,000 Applied for 2,000 Local McJobs (by Ivanna Hampton, NBC Chicago)
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midas360 12 years ago
this is really telling. the economy is hurting and people need jobs. say it out load "1 million people applied for 62,000 mcdonald jobs" you can't raise a family working at mcdonalds. sad...
DarthVadder 12 years ago
hey rich! you make one little typo: "worst" is spelled this way, not "best". best is, you use your gun against yourself. fire!
Rich 13 years ago
hey josh - try communicating in intelligible english you moron. you can laugh all you want, but despite the pathetic excuse for a president currently in office, the american way of life is still the best in the world -so deal with it!
_Josh @ _[°|°]_ 13 years ago
1st of all, what exactly has the infamous chip shop mcdonald's to do with "restaurants"? 2nd, don't you guys agree that all this shit is nothing but self-inflicted due to your "american way of life"? still laughing...
Bloomy 13 years ago
read this article here with this as context: thanks, fefe
vote em out 13 years ago
to quote the exhalted rev. wright, "america's chickens have come home to roost." i say yeah! -- in the middle of a sesame seed bun!
Leslie 13 years ago
there are so many new jobs with mcdonalds lately because they just got busted for forging social security information to hire a bunch of mexican illegals in georgia
Alex 13 years ago
wow, america has changed since i left in the 90s. flipping hamburgers used to be a joke. now a million people are applying for 50k flipping burgers. what an incredible mess up of the economy.
dragontrlr 13 years ago
i wonder if mcdonalds was able to add that 24% extra because they finally got that exemption from the job killing obamacare?
Jay 13 years ago
barry must really be in a dilemma right now. while the private sector (those evil capitalists) created 62k of jobs at mcdonald's, it probably violates moochelle's dietary laws. uh oh, what's a mother to do?

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