Re: McDonalds Hiring A LOT of Workers
FYI...McDonald's will be hiring 1,000 workers here in Arizona alone. That's a lot of jobs for the state!
yes sir. todays the day:
Amid one of the toughest job market in years, thousands of job hunters flocked to local McDonald's restaurants hoping to land one of 1,000 job openings in Arizona.
Today, the national hamburger chain is hiring 50,000 workers nationwide as part of a highly publicized one-day hiring spree. Last year, McDonald held a similar national event. About 8,600 applicants vied for positions in Arizona and 720 were hired.
Arizona's official unemployment rate is 9.5 percent but that figure doesn't include thousands of workers who are underemployed or discouraged workers who have given up looking for work.
At a downtown Phoenix McDonald's restaurant at 7th Avenue and Van Buren Street, the range of applicants hinted at how the state's economic downturn had touched virtually every industry. The hopefuls ranged from veteran food workers to Head Start teachers and former truck dispatchers.
This morning, there were no long lines of applicants, but a steady stream of job seekers flowed in and out of the building.
"I heard about it on the morning news and that is what brings me here today," said Rodney Sydnor, 32, of Phoenix. The former Head Start teacher said that he has been looking for work for a month.
Although, he has been an educator, he's also been a busboy and worked at Subway, so he hopes that it will help him land a job at the restaurant, Sydnor said.
Most of the people who filled out applications at restaurant tables were upbeat about their job prospects, even though some had been jobless for months.
"You can't get discouraged. You have to stay positive," said Dena Frazier, 57 of Phoenix. The former truck dispatcher has been looking for work since November and said that she has applied for about 200 jobs. "I don't have a lot of (restaurant) experience, but I am hoping to get my foot in the door and show my dependability," she said.
Christian Ortega briefly worked at McDonald's four years ago and hopes that the company will hire him once more. Ortega was a food service worker at Arizona State University but lost his job in October 2010. Ortega says that he had applied for about 50 positions but has had only one job interview.
"Right now it's pretty hard," said Ortega, 19 of Phoenix. "But you can't give up on getting a job. You can't lose hope."
Ken Clement, the owner of the downtown McDonald's restaurant, owns a total of six stores in the city and expects to hire as many as 48 workers from today's applicants.
By 10 a.m. about 75 people had already applied for jobs and many had brief on-site interviews, he said.
McDonald's officials are touting the hiring as a boost to the economy. The 50,000 new hires will generate $1.6 billion in consumer spending, said Steve Plotkin, the McDonald's west division president.
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