Power Breakfast: McDonald’s big hiring day, Gulf spill, immigration, alcohol sales, AirTran, Medicare

People want jobs.

McDonald’s held its first National Hiring Day and was awarded with a strong response from job seekers, AJC reporter Jeremiah McWilliams and the Associated Press write.

Thousands showed up at restaurants nationwide to apply for jobs mixing shakes and serving Happy Meals, AP reports. The company planned to hire 50,000 new workers in one day, boosting its staff by about 7 percent.

At restaurants around metro Atlanta, the company plans to hire 1,000 new people — an average of four new employees per restaurant, McWilliams reports. In a shaky economy, the fast food chain is enjoying taking its pick of a stronger pool of applicants.

McDonald’s painted the event as a boon for an economy where more than 13 million Americans are looking for work, AP writes. But the real purpose, industry experts told AP, is that McDonald’s needs to portray itself as a decent employer.

That will be a challenge for a company whose name is often synonymous with “you-want-fries-with-that” jokes, AP writes.

Still, widespread unemployment is no joking matter.

McDonald’s and other fast-food chains, once an entry point into the work force for teenagers, appear to be turning into an employer of more adults, a legacy of the recession, industry watchers said. The average age of a fast-food worker is 29.5, up from 22 in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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5 comments Add your comment

B. Obama

April 20th, 2011
8:44 am

Many people have suggested that, based by my previous work experience before becoming president, that I might qualify for one of these jobs. Let me be clear: I might be interested.

TnGelding

April 20th, 2011
9:01 am

B. Obama

April 20th, 2011
8:44 am

You can stay where you are if you’ll promise to attend OCS this summer!

Many of McD’s franchisees started out there as teenagers and are now millionaires. It’s a lot of hard work with long hours and a multitude of headaches, but can be very rewarding financially.

They’ve earned points with me for showing others how to get good publicity and support our economy. Let’s hope others will follow suit.

Sell Liquor on SUNDAYS

April 20th, 2011
11:26 am

Kudos to Mickey D’s. I told all my loved ones who are out of work about this!

Mass Dawg

April 20th, 2011
5:33 pm

Why should I go work for a living, when I can get the government to pay for my apartment, my food, my heat and air? I mean the man wants me to show up at a set time, not use my phone to text, clean up after others and to add insult to injury take money out of my chek to pay taxes.

I have my own schedule, I need to stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning, go to bed buzzed, have sex, and then sleep until 12 or 1 that day. I don’t have to pay taxes, I don’t have to pretend to be nice to anyone, and I can clean up any time i feel like it. The government has empowered me to make my own decisons.

Work is for losers!

job now

April 20th, 2011
8:22 pm

mcdonalds probably wouldn’t hire me—they would say I was “overqualified” and would quit when a “real job” came open.