20K Apply for 877 Hyundai Jobs in Alabama

Some 7K may get interviews
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2012 4:29 PM CDT
20K Apply for 877 Hyundai Jobs in Alabama
The logo of Hyundai Motor is seen on the glass door at its branch in Seoul on April 26, 2012.   (Getty Images)

A sobering reminder of continuing unemployment: There are 877 jobs available at an Alabama Hyundai plant—and almost 20,000 people had applied for them by early last week. The number of applications forced the plant to stop accepting applications May 18, weeks before the June 2 due date. Now the firm has resumed the process, but it's not making any promises that new applications will be considered, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

A website sorts through the applications; between 6,000 and 7,000 will be evaluated in person. Reviewing the applications is more than a full-time project: Hyundai's hiring partner is spending 13 hours a day, six days a week screening applicants. This isn't an isolated incident, notes CNBC: Some 65,000 people sought 2,700 Volkswagen jobs in 2009 in Tennessee, while just last year, 41,000 people applied for 1,300 Toyota jobs in Mississippi. Click for more examples. (More Hyundai stories.)

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