McDonalds Hires 62,000, Turns Away Over 938,000 Applicants For Minimum Wage, Part-Time Jobs

Tyler Durden's picture

This is what the US economy has been reduced to: McDonalds reports that as part of its employment event to hire 50,000 minimum wage, part-time (mostly) workers, subsequently raised to 62,000 it received a whopping 1 million applications, or a Tim Geithner jealousy inducing 6.2% hit rate (h/t X. Kurt. OSis). Alas, the US economy is now so pathetic that the bulk of the population will settle for anything. Literally anything. And the saddest part: over 938,000 applicants were turned away. Here's hoping to Burger King needs a few million janitors in the immediate future too. And yes, aside from reality, things in America are really recovering quite nicely.

From Bloomberg:

McDonald’s and its franchisees hired 62,000 people in the U.S. after receiving more than one million applications, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said today in an e-mailed statement. Previously, it said it planned to hire 50,000.

The April 19 national hiring day was the company’s first, said Danya Proud, a McDonald’s spokeswoman. She declined to disclose how many of the jobs were full- versus part-time. McDonald’s employed 400,000 workers worldwide at company-owned stores at the end of 2010, according to a company filing.

Earlier this month, McDonald’s said sales at stores open at least 13 months climbed 2.9 percent in the U.S. after it attracted more diners with items such as beverages and the Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus burger. The fast-food chain has about 14,000 stores in the U.S. and more than 18,000 abroad. About 80 percent of all McDonald’s stores are franchised.

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Roy Bush's picture

Scary.  Remember when working at McDonalds was a shitty job?

Haywood Jablowme's picture

At least there's always McDowell's....


...and if that doesn't work, one can always try for the next Idol series.  Sexual Chocolate is about due for a comeback.

...can't sing or dance?  Fear not, there's still hope.



Ahmeexnal's picture

What's next, lazyass rednecks are going to accept jobs picking fruits&veggies?


sun tzu's picture

Maybe even lazy ass hoodrats will get off the welfare gravy train and work for a living. Nah, will never happen.

old naughty's picture

Most would, if there are jobs.

Harlequin001's picture

WTF happened to the days when you would invent your own job by exploiting a gap in the market, reducing a cost of a service or identifying and fulfilling the needs of others?

The mere thought that I might not be good enough for McDonalds for christs' sake is enough to drive me to revolt...

Now, there must be some money in that...

StychoKiller's picture

I understand that there are companies that hire people to go kill other people...

AchtungAffen's picture

I'd rather see at least some of these paper pushers/movers do a real productive job. Even working at Mc, cleaning a bathroom or picking up veggies. Anything at least productive instead of them living off the expense of everyone else and "da goobermint"'s pocket too.

Michael's picture

If everyone who is unemployed applied online for unemployment benefits irregardless if they qualify or not, what would happen?

Michael's picture

We should designate July 5th "Monarch Dictator Guillotine Day". This should be the day every monarch and dictator identified by the general public as the day every dictator and monarch will have their heads chopped off by a guillotine in the public square.

Campagnolo's picture

won't happen, those lazy asses already got their brain and hands wasted watching TV and eating trash food. No wonder why inmigrant still come to America and make it and it's not inmigrant fault but your lazy asses you are talking about...right?

boiltherich's picture

Ah yes, the poor, disabled, disenfranchised, unemployed, nothing but a bunch of lazy no good leeches coming after your money.  People like teachers who have to go to college for 6 years so they can put up with your clown wannabe gangsta brats and pay off 30,000 in student loans just so the GOP can strip them of wages and the right to strike or even sit down at the bargaining table and talk.  In the meanwhile fat assed bankers and lawyers in the top 10% of incomes and wealth soak us for every last goddamned dime and acre and national treasure while paying less in taxes as a percent of what they own than you dumb fuckers who keep voting against your own self interest because you never know, one day you might hit the Powerball and when you do you sure don't want the government giving it to nasty old disabled vets and welfare cheats. 

No wonder America is toast!  But you might try to be kind to less fortunate people because they will rise up and when they do you might be one of the ones they remember as blaming them for their own poverty. 

espirit's picture


Now McJobs has replaced that troublesome youth trying to earn chump change for higher education costs, and hired over 50 year old MBA's.

Truth of education indebtedness to the Govt read here on ZH.  Debtor's Prison. 

Ahmeexnal's picture


And who allowed those fat assed bankers and lawyers to do what they please?

Everyone else, including those "poor, disabled, disenfranchised, unemployed".

The looters exist because of the moochers.

What you can't bring yourself to admit is that yours is the Morality of Death.

BrobamaReds's picture

I love Mickwy D's....all da dam fries you can eat and you can bang dem young chicks in da back room, ayit.

chubbar's picture

An if ya git tired of that, you can watch som sistas kickin the ass of some tranny trying to take a piss!

PuppetRepubl1c's picture

"I love Mickwy D's....all da dam fries you can eat and you can bang dem young chicks in da back room, ayit."


you make it sound awesome, i am tempted to pull an American Beauty and quit my job just so i can bang some hood rat chicks!

blunderdog's picture

Wrap dat jimmy, yo, dem bitches ain't protected and you be payin' the rest yer life.

Clycntct's picture

 Thanks for clearing up where dem nuggets come from.

FEDbuster's picture

More like a giant PR stunt to pay back the favor of the Obamacare wavier.  62K part timers in, probably 20K full timers with health insurance out.

Harlequin001's picture

Cynic, they'd never do that...

Blotsky's picture

Yeah, and the worst part is when Obama decided to say that America would just have to get used to being a service sector economy. He definitely meant what he said.

Atleast we know it wont last long.

Tapeworm's picture

I am looking to hire a non druggie guy that can do some lifting and be able to take instruction on operating a CNC control, and I do pay more than McD. There is as much upward movement in this as they will apply themselves.

 Nah, it doesn't involve high tech joystick gaming skills, so the job will go unfilled.

 Manufacturing is dying or dead in USA because there are nearly none that can come out of a adolescence and high school with a functioning brain. They have zero interest in real problem solving. Why bother with them?

Harlequin001's picture

Yeah but they can play computer games like you wouldn't believe...

Conrad Murray's picture

If you have a local community college around you, chances are good there's an individual that would love to fill the void in your workforce. Find the head of the mechanical engineering dept and let them know.

espirit's picture

They have colleges in North Dakota?

astartes09's picture

Yeah I worked there at 16.  Now I remember why I quit.  That place was a shit hole.  I was never destined for customer service.


And yes, we did spit in the food.  Constantly.


I worked at one at 16 as well, and though we didn't spit on the burgers, just the grill, we did walk on the cheese with our sneaks and left tread marks.


Troy Ounce's picture


At least you added something edible to what can be called carton.

TorchFire's picture

And our esteemed government no doubt counts the assembly of a Big Mac as contributing to our manufacturing sector's growth during these times of plenty!


boiltherich's picture

Sadly it does count fast food as manufacturing.  Not durable goods but still. 

espirit's picture

If we could just export to China, in just a few years we would be able to follow up with the medical industry.  Trade deficit solved.

I am Jobe's picture

With the way the Econ is going the shitty jobs become luxury to prolong the unemployment checks rather than using it all up. having a job is no longer the perk, keeping it is the perk and I see more layoffs especially after todays GDP numbers.

Buck Johnson's picture

And now the job is considered a life line for everybody.  We are in a depression, also I remember Coming to America Mcdowells that was funny.

Hugh G Rection's picture

Prostitution is going to be the fastest growing sector this decade... time to work on my pimp game.


Gator don't play no shit!

espirit's picture

Waiting on my silver eagles to buy 5 pieces for 5 pieces.

sun tzu's picture

I knew the stimulus would work. 

bigelkhorn's picture

macdonalds might be crappy, but there ares still lots of ways to make money!!! Just think like the elite. You will be fine. 

I subscribe to the guy from australia and his FFT economic newsletter at  that guy has called many big events before they have happend, including the stock market crash in 2008 and the current financial collapse of the US. (currently happening) I found him from a friend last year, and he has some important work.

His oil calls are insane, and I have been making good money with them. He is well worth a look, if you want to keep two steps ahead of the sheeple out there.

I am worried about my financial future. Is anyone else nervous out there?

RafterManFMJ's picture

Ever drink till you black out? You're in a bar, you're drinking you black're at another bar, you're drinking, you black at McDonald's, been working there three years...still haven't made assistant wann quit but you're banging that girl on the FryOLater...sure, they say she's retarded, but those titties ain't retarded!! - Dave Atwell, Skanks for the Memories

uhb's picture

wow. didn't know you US guys are *that* fvcked up. When i was in the US in 1983, your country was definitely in a way better shape... no wonder, with RR as president ;)

SoNH80's picture

Outsourcing, dollar debasement, corporate/money-center bank welfare, such a roaring success.  Ugh.  You can hear the girders creaking.

anonnn's picture

Preparing our food.

Cleaning out toilets.

Caring for our infants.

Low skilled jobs?... worthy of paupers? 




SoNH80's picture

The pay will leave you a pauper.  Now, "62,000 MACHINISTS Hired...." Haven't seen that headline.

rosiescenario's picture about just "62,000 machinists fully the U.S."?????