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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- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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