Monday, January 14, 2008
10,000 hopefuls keep eyes open for Wal-Mart job
By HELENA OLIVIERO
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/11/08
For the fourth consecutive day, people waited in long lines Thursday for a shot at a job at a new Wal-Mart in DeKalb County, pushing the total number of applicants beyond 10,000.
That's four times the entire population of Avondale Estates, the community next to the planned Memorial Drive store.
Beginning Monday, after virtually no advertising or any signs, the throngs of hopeful applicants continued to pour into a church converted into a job processing center — all vying for only 350 to 400 available jobs, according to Wal-Mart officials.
The job-seeking frenzy may be a peek into a larger economic picture. A report from the U.S. Labor Department last week indicated a surprising plunge in job creation by private employers in November, with new jobs far below the level needed to keep pace with population growth.
Christine Roberts, a 39-year-old married mother of six, is hoping to get a job at the Wal-Mart deli. Roberts, who has long worked as a nursing assistant in Sandy Springs, wants a job closer to her Decatur home. At the Memorial Drive store, "I could walk to work," she said Thursday after filling out her application.
Wal-Mart has long declined to reveal starting salaries at the store, but reports that the average hourly wage for regular full-time associates is $10.65 an hour.
Kamal Oliver, an employment and training analyst with DeKalb Workforce Development, a county organization that helped facilitate Wal-Mart's job fair this week, said the turnout dwarfed the numbers of job hunters who applied for a job last year at the Wal-Mart on Chamblee Tucker Road in north DeKalb County.
"This says to me that a lot of people are looking for work," he said.
A robust economy indeed! Wally Mart is the future of the consumer economy where we work at the retail stores to afford to shop there for our survival needs, food, clothing etc. Economic meltdown is near with the lack of jobs and lack of affordable housing. No longer will we be able to depend on a life structured by Wall Street and their grandiose plans, we work till we die, they wallow in all the money.
Gotta love that!(Sarcastically he sez)