Wow. How bad are things in Cleveland, anyway?
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.
“We had to recount [the applications] three times,” said Mia Masten, Wal-Mart’s director of corporate affairs, Midwest division. (Source)
That’s 6,000 applications for 300 jobs. Or 20 for every open slot. The reporter does a nice job of stating the situation succinctly:
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.
This isn’t an isolated case, either. The article goes on to note that 40,000 people recently applied for jobs at two Chicago-area Wal*Marts.
The term “working poor” has fallen into common use, unfortunately, despite the fact that for the past several years I’ve had to listen to all kinds of government and business officials telling me how good I have it.
Of course, maybe it is just me, according to this. Just me … and damned near everybody I know.
In any case, do your own math. The bottom line is that it’s apparently so bad in Cleveland and Chicago (and one suppose a lot of other cities) that Wal*Mart looks like better days.
Thx: Steve Reynolds
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