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Ikea's Spanish Servers Crash When 20,000 People Apply For 400 Jobs

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A few years back, we were stunned when we reported that as a result of McDonalds' first hiring day in 2011, the company retained the services of 62,000 very qualified line cooks and other minimum wage workers. What was stunning is that one million Americans applied for these jobs, or a 6.2% success rate, or just a fraction above the 5.8% admission rate at Harvard. Alas, as we speculated at the time, this was merely the first of many such indications of the historic mismatch between labor supply and demand, both domestically and globally. Sure enough, today we find an even more glaring example of just how unprecedented the New Normal demand for labor is in a world drowning with unemployment, courtesy of an NPR report according to which on Monday, Spain's Ikea's started taking applications for 400 jobs at a new megastore set to be opened near the Mediterranean coast town of Valencia.

As NPR says, "The company wasn't prepared for what came next. Within 48 hours, more than 20,000 people had applied online for those 400 jobs." An "acceptance rate" of 2%.

 It gets better, as Spain experienced its own mini Obamacare debacle: the sheer volume of applicants promptly "crashed Ikea's computer servers in Spain."

"We had an avalanche of applicants!" Ikea spokesman Rodrigo Sanchez told NPR in a phone interview. "With that quantity, our servers just didn't have the capacity. They collapsed. After 48 hours, we had to temporarily close the job application process. We're working on a solution, to reopen the as soon as possible."

And since the analogies to Obamacare never end, one has no idea how many additional applicants would have tried to get a job had the servers continued to run:

... that's factoring in only the applicants in the first 48 hours, who managed to apply online before Ikea's servers crashed. Once Ikea gets its servers back up and running, the job application window will still stay open until Dec. 31, allowing potentially tens of thousands more job seekers to file applications, Sanchez said.

 

"I feel lucky to have a job. Ikea is a great company. In this case we have 20,000 initial people who want to work with us," he said. "But we know we're in this situation at least in part because of the state of the Spanish economy."

Why the deluge of applicants? Simple: Spain's record high unemployment rate of 26.7% is the second highest in the eurozone, matched only by Greece's 27.3%. What's worse: Spain's youth unemployment is also a record high 57.4%: nearly two out of every three people under 25 have no job. But that's ok: according to the Spanish prime minister, Spain's economy is growing and the recovery is so bright everyone's ECB rehypothecated shades will be made available shortly (together with the latest batch of Spiderman towels).

In the meantime, it is three times more difficult to get a minimum wage job at Ikea in Spain than it is to get into Harvard.

 


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Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:36 | Link to Comment Central Bankster
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BULLISH!

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:44 | Link to Comment Dear Infinity
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Modern day tragedy...

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:07 | Link to Comment knukles
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Flash:  ObieCare servers crash when on person mulls signing on to get one of 347,556,304.3 available policies.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 20:54 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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That is so unkind, knuks, and so funny and true.

Why do these mofos think they have to sell something that the gubbermint forces you to buy.

Sort of like prison guards having a pep rally for the inmates about the quality of their accomidations.  WTF?

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:54 | Link to Comment Offthebeach
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I always loved Nazi, Soviet posters.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:49 | Link to Comment tarsubil
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20,000 people want a job and to be productive. Only 400 will get the chance. This is why we are all going to be poorer in the future.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:33 | Link to Comment Offthebeach
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Not tragedy, racket.
Modified Ponzi scheme pushed onto the young and state "educated" dumb.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:05 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:17 | Link to Comment knukles
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We were walkin back thru one to the office after a "lunch" one day when there was this big bed on display, all cushie, lotsa pillows, nice comforter and we decided to get into it.  (for those of you in the know, "it seemed like a good idea at the time".) So there we are 3 grown men in suits laying in a big bed in an Ikea and one of the guys cuts a monster loud fart, jumps up and runs out the store after yelling about natural-scented butt fresh sheets.

Ah, the good olde days........

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:59 | Link to Comment Handful of Dust
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My uncle's firm sought two more lawyer assciates for their firm.....over 2,500 applications came in and they interviewed only the ones at the top of their class and a reputable school..that cut the mass down to 658 he said. he said he has  never seen a job market this difficult for Yutes.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 20:20 | Link to Comment PT
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20 years ago, first job I got in the "real world" (as opposed to the jobs I had as a youngster, and the two temporary jobs I had in the "real world" before the one I now mention), minimum wage job, 20 positions available, apply in person on Monday.  There were 200 people lined up in front of me, and one hundred behind me as I went in to get interviewed. 20/300 (that I know of), -> 1 in 15, yes I guess things are worse now.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 20:39 | Link to Comment James_Cole
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It's a tale of two job markets, that's for sure. I read the statistics about unemployment rates worldwide but my experience is certainly the opposite. Most companies in my circle keep complaining they can't find enough qualified applicants and have plenty of openings. Bottles are poppin' for Christmas like it's 1999.

Have to read zh otherwise I might start trusting my lying eyes.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:01 | Link to Comment pitz
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What 'circle' is that?  We know the tech sector routinely lies about the availability of 'qualified applicants'. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:35 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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Qualified means:

Will work for peanuts and keeps his/her mouth shut.

People are really selected "those who don't complain"
and skills come later.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:51 | Link to Comment johnconnor
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I work in the IT sector, and all I see is companies laying off "expensive workers" and replacing them by someone in India, Bangladesh or Philipines. There are plenty of good US candidates looking for a job that can't find one, the difference nowdays compared to 10 years ago, is that if you listed a job description then with 20 requirements and a candidate would have 12 or 15 of them, you would hire him/her and invest and train him/her to get whatever skills/knowledge needed. Now companies want someone to have all the 20 skills, on the specific location where the position is open, willing to accept the first offer and start in 2 weeks...

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 13:38 | Link to Comment PT
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James_Cole:  In my experience, "Must be fully qualified and experienced in our proprietary equipment that we never tell anyone about because it is a company secret." and then they wonder why no-one applies.  The only person that could possibly give them what they ask for is the guy that just left.  "Must have minimum two years experience."  Well, getting that qualification was a waste of time and money then wasn't it?  We can only take the initiative so far, then someone needs to give a bit on their side.  We are not psychic.  I read job ads, and if I don't think I can deliver what they ask for, then I don't waste their time.  Sometimes I will send the company a letter asking about "any vacancies", just in case they don't find exactly what they are seeking and are willing to take me on.  Perhaps it is a confidence thing.  Maybe we should just lie about our experience.  But that ain't how I roll.

Technical people tend to become technical because optimism never worked for them.  Most of them know how to work to a budget.  They're not the types to be taking on huge amounts of debt without some sort of plan for paying it back.  So they'll only go to uni when they can afford it.  Which may take a while.  That's my excuse, anyway.

~ 8 years ago I invested my own time and money into a year of night school for a "high-demand" industry qualification.  I'm still yet to fully utilize it in the real world.  Mean time, bosses complain of people with "no experience" and jobs in that field demand "experience in their systems."  Well, after 8 years of non-use, that kind of knowledge gets a bit rusty.  But the level of experience that is demanded by employers can only be taught on the job, unless they're going to start physically putting students on their work sites. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 20:59 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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I started working in 2000. And when I came at the first company to apply for a job the HR director said: THANK GOD! WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR A PROFILE LIKE YOU FOR 2 YEARS NOW!
I got the job without even trying, got all the benefits I could think of and started as a midlevel manager riht after school.

And not just me, it was everybody!
Companies just kept on hiring "just in case they needed anybody and so they had reserve people"!

no kiding! There where not going to be enough young workers. And wages exploded to the upside. A raise every year of 20% was normal, for 7 years in a row untill the crisis.

We got all the chances ob earth. And it's just sad that young people can't enjoy the "feeling needed by society"
Now they're pittied. Poor young kids... we where the future.

And now the sick part?

I'M FREAKING 37 YEARS OLD AND ACCORDING TO HR I JUST MOVED TO THE "OLD" SECTION!!!

WTF!!!! 37 = OLD!!!

I HAVE A 10 YEAR CARREER!!

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:06 | Link to Comment pitz
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Unfortunately I graduated a few years too late, and only saw firms firing people in large numbers and rationalizing employee counts.  The tech sector still hasn't recovered from that debacle, and most of the new hires were foreigners on various work visas, rather than domestic talent.  The big tech sector participants are still up to their old tricks of receiving thousands of qualified resumes, interviewing almost none of them, and then claiming a need to import cheap foreigners. 

I doubt the crisis would have occurred had the IT sector re-staffed itself with the extreme amount of talent sitting on the sidelines instead of putting the industry into a deflationary death spiral by hiring foreigners. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:19 | Link to Comment duo
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these tech companies give bonuses to execs based on "revenue per employee".  Also, there are quotas that no one wants to talk about.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:33 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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But that shit is not only happening in the tech companies.

The company I now work for for 6 years now has only 50% of the people it had in 2008 but with a 40% higher turnover.

And now we've started outsourcing our inside sales dep. to Ireland where we gove the people on inside s. the option to move to Ireland but with a 25% lower pay and not the same benefits.

It's just for profits. At the top we're throwing money through the window like crazy and at the bottom we are greedy bastards.

And the younger kids, and that is everybody below 32 all get it first.
They can't buy a house, they can't even buy a descent car.
wages are fucking low for them.
They now get as a starter less than what I made a decade ago.

If this keeps going for just a few more years, we'll have a lost generations.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 10:25 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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If this keeps going for just a few more years, we'll have a lost generations.

 

if this keeps going on for a few more years we should have dead, hanging Senators & Congressmen.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 09:16 | Link to Comment fxrxexexdxoxmx
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I had no idea that you were that old. I thought you were at most 36. What strange time we live in.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 00:23 | Link to Comment Northern Lights
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I remember back in the summer of 1990 during that crappy economic period, I was a high school student fresh out for summer vacation looking for a job.  I almost got sucked into a scam by answering an "opportunity" ad in the employment section of the newspaper.  I went in.  Turned out it was a doo-to-door job selling knives and scissors. At age 16 I was the youngest in the room.  Lot's of adults.  It was a group interview, think Boiler Room the movie.  Guy in a nice suit stands at the front of the room of 15 people and opens up a briefcase and starts showing of his knives, scissors, and starts demonstrating how sharp and strong they are.  Everyones "ooo-ing and ahhh-ing" at how great they are.  I just sat there in silence.  I'll never forget the one thing the "suit" said which was "Look, you can go get a job as a bartender, and if it doesn't work out, you're stuck with the bartender suit which will never be put to use again.  Now, when you buy your knife-demo kit for $200, if it doesn't work out, at least you still have the knife set and you can still use those".  Every sheep in the room was in agreeance nodding their heads in approval.  Myself, I wasn't buying it.  I sat there in clear silence.  The suit must have been keeping an eye on me as a desentor and in the middle of his presentation said "Young man, you don't seem to keen on this, I'd understand if you would like to leave".  So, I left.  I remember walking out the door thanking God I wasn't in need of a job like these people did.

 

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 13:50 | Link to Comment PT
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NL:  I was one of the naive ones (different product) - "These things sell themselves.  Just show them to people and one out of three will buy.  Don't worry about those who don't buy.  One out of three will."  ... and I thought to myself, "Why would he lie to me?  If he is wrong then he won't make any money either."

These days I have lost count of the amount of times people have hurt themselves with crazy spiels that ignore logic.  I hope I am less naive now. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:38 | Link to Comment akarc
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Closer to home a factory had a couple of low wage jobs available. Had so many applications they had to put the maintenence dude to helping screen out the over qualified.  

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:01 | Link to Comment sixsigma cygnus...
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Wow, perhaps Health.gov should advertise for 400 positions at Ikea...naw, they'd probably put Ikea into bankruptcy within days.  Still, as the Fed has explained to us many times, doing more of the same will achieve different results.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:44 | Link to Comment philipat
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Sorry for off-topic. Every morning now my time (That is evening Eastern Time), I am getting nothing but blank pages when I click on a ZH headline to get the full piece. Yesterday and today, that lasted for several hours. Is anyone else having the same problem?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:58 | Link to Comment HerrDoktor
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Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:46 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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it is three times more difficult to get a minimum wage job at Ikea in Spain than it is to get into Harvard

Harvard takes your money while Ikea pays you.

Wonder how many Harvard grads are working at Ikea?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:52 | Link to Comment Black Forest
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Hedge accordingly. Do elect Ikea Party next time.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:49 | Link to Comment Non Passaran
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IkeaCare

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:01 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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In other news, UK adds 20% VAT to Bitcoin sales:

HM Revenue and Customs said it would withdraw its previous guidance about bitcoin classification of being a type of voucher, after a meeting with members of the UK bitcoin community, Coindesk.com reports. "We started off by explaining bitcoin to them – a lot of the meeting involved educating them about bitcoin and what it’s actually used for,” Tom Robinson from BitPrice explained. In November HMRC classified bitcoins to be vouchers, implying that Value Added Tax at 20 percent (VAT) should be added on sales involving the digital currency.

http://rt.com/news/line/2013-12-06/#53052

It won't be long before states in the US start adding sales tax to bitcoin transactions starting with New York and California.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:10 | Link to Comment knukles
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They can't do that!  It's anonymous and secure.  Plus if nobody knows that I own it how would they know I use it?  Isn't that what Anonymous means?
So, Mr Lambo dealer, I'll pay you in Bitcoin, if you promise not to tell anybody that I paid you which you wouldn't know anyway because it's double secret anonymous.

       I'm good.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:14 | Link to Comment sixsigma cygnus...
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Yep.  You can't spell anonymous without nsa.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:37 | Link to Comment Martel
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In other news, UK adds 20% VAT to Bitcoin sales

Wrong interpretation. HMRC is backtracking from an earlier stupid decision. No VAT.

 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 20:15 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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Thanks.  Yes, you are right.  Too much to drink in Friday celebrations.  US will not permit retraction of 20% VAT. Your up arrow does not work. 10 up arrows for you. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:07 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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   I like my IKEA muffins "golden brown" with a nice crunchie rat turd center...

 

  Ikea cake recall: Poop bacteria forces Ikea to recall chocolate almond cakes - National Supermarket Recalls | Examiner.com

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:07 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
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You ain't seen nothing yet, try finding cash paying customers for your store.....

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:14 | Link to Comment knukles
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Good fuckin thing it weren't Lewis Farrakhan died or nobody'd be a payin' anything anywhere for any-shit in Chicago.
Go Rhams!

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 20:25 | Link to Comment PT
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... but von Mises tolled me that they can just abolish the minimum wage and hire all 20 000 workers.  Then all 20 000 wood hav a job and by stuff coz they could sell it cheeper.  Yoo could buy a bookshelf for 99 grains of oatmeal.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 01:15 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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I wouldn't mind paying $1.50 a gallon again...

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:13 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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Never been in one, never will be in one...IKouldKareLess.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:12 | Link to Comment CJHames
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In the meantime, it is three times more difficult to get a minimum wage job at Ikea in Spain than it is to get into Harvard.

I always knew Harvard was over rated.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:19 | Link to Comment Bastiat
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Why don't those freeloaders get a job . . . . oh . . .

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:20 | Link to Comment billsbest
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Maybe Obamacare's IT team could help the Spanish? ...or would they be shot on sight if they showed up?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:22 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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  A few years back, we were stunned when we reported that as a result of McDonalds' first hiring day in 2011, the company retained the services of 62,000 very qualified line cooks and other minimum wage workers. What was stunning is that one million Americans applied for these jobs, or a 6.2% success rate, or just a fraction above the 5.8% admission rate at Harvard.

   The Golden Arches clearly needs to revamp it's recruiting progarm...

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:31 | Link to Comment Hongcha
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I endured a half-dozen visits to the Emeryville Ikea when we did our kitchen remod last summer.

It's like a plastic sheep maze from which you can never emerge.  I think part of me is still there ... :O

'A Banal Hell' is best description I can come up with.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:48 | Link to Comment centerline
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The parody in Grand Theft Auto IV was funny.  KRAPEA I think.  lol.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:30 | Link to Comment Quus Ant
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Hey neighbor-

yeah that place is something.  Dante clearly wasn't clairvoyant or there would have been a tenth level.  It's funny how the only windows are through the restaurant so after you've traversed the first few layers of the maze and you stumble, harried and frazzled toward the light you are presented with a riddle:  swedish meatballs or roasted chicken. 

There are always a couple folks sitting on the couches mumbling maniacally to themselves and writing feverishly with those tiny pencils.  I try not to make eye contact.  But for the grace of God go I.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:44 | Link to Comment Martel
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Soon in Spain: cheap holiday homes for Europe's New German Overlords. Das wäre aber schön, nicht?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:45 | Link to Comment hugovanderbubble
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ITs sad, its my country, but whole politicians are ZERO VALUE, no matter the axis they represent (left,right, nationalisms)...- Whole system is corrupted. Small and Middle Classses are dissapearing in Spain at the biggest and fastest path ever. The future is turning to grey dark and this wont end well.

FIGHT THE STATUS QUO SPAIN, NOW OR NEVER¡

REVOLUTION

 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 20:36 | Link to Comment pitz
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Same deal at many American companies.  Google, Microsoft, they receive literally millions of job applications from qualified applicants each year, interview less than 1%, and still have the gaul to claim they need to import foreigners to do the job.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:17 | Link to Comment Iam_Silverman
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"and still have the gaul to claim they need to import foreigners to do the job"

 

Bastards!  I say we rip out their "gaul" bladders!

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:14 | Link to Comment Iam_Silverman
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"Why the deluge of applicants? Simple: Spain's record high unemployment rate of 26.7% is the second highest in the eurozone, matched only by Greece's 27.3%. What's worse: Spain's youth unemployment is also a record high 57.4%: nearly two out of every three people under 25 have no job."

 

OK, high unemployment rate - specifically in the age demographic most likely to shop at your store.  Now, refresh my memory as to why you're opening a new Mega Store there?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 22:07 | Link to Comment Promethus
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If Spain and Venezuela would only adopt the stagistical magic we use here in the USA, they could report 6% unemployment and 3% inflation. Problem solved.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 00:19 | Link to Comment Haager
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But Spain is already using statistical magics!

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