Monday, November 26, 2007

6,000 apply for 300 Wal-Mart jobs

Is this a reflection of the state of the economy?
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As the world's largest private employer, Wal-Mart is
used to being greeted by large numbers of applicants almost
every time it opens a new store.
But the 6,000-plus people who applied for jobs at the new
Supercenter in Cleveland's Steelyard Commons took
everyone, even Wal-Mart, by surprise.
When thousands of people compete for a few hundred ordinary
jobs, trend watchers say it's an indication not only of
a less-than-stellar economy but also of a workforce short on
marketable skills.
The huge number of applicants wouldn't have caught
anyone's eye had these been skilled, high-paying jobs,
the types of positions that thousands of people always seek.
It could have been worse. In Illinois recently, Masten
said, 25,000 and 15,000 people applied at two Wal-Mart
stores in the Chicago area
But these were regular retail jobs with low-to-average
wages and benefits, not the sort of positions typically in
high demand.

Wal-Mart draws huge crowd - of applicants

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