McDonald’s to Hire 50,000 on National Hiring Day!

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Today, April 19, McDonald’s is looking to hire up to 50,000 people nationwide.   Offering jobs with flexibility, training, competitive benefits and growth opportunities, McDonald’s also has a scholarship program for employees and the opportunity to earn college credits.                            

Currently employing more than 650,000 people, McDonald’s restaurants spend nearly $43.3 million per day and are a major economic presence in American communities. This target of hiring 50,000 new employees means that McDonald’s and their franchisees will generate more than $1.4 billion in consumer spending at a time when the U.S. economy needs the boost and our communities need jobs more than ever.  African American teens, 38.5 percent of whom are currently unemployed, may especially benefit from this hiring blitz.  

The National Urban League continues to push for federal action in response to the jobs crisis in urban America and applauds McDonald’s for doing its part with its “National Hiring Day.”

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More news about jobs from Marc H. Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League. (This article is from Morial’s Newsletter of April 19, 2011): 

 “You’re only as good as the people you hire.” Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s Corporation

In March, the American economy added 216,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent, the lowest in two years.  That is the good news.  The bad news is that the nation has a mighty long way to go to recoup the 13 million jobs lost during the great recession.  The real bad news is that with an unemployment rate of 15.5 percent for African Americans and 11.3 percent for Hispanics, communities of color seem to be fighting a losing battle to keep from being overwhelmed by the jobs crisis.

For more than two years, the National Urban League has led the call for a national response to extremely high unemployment throughout urban America.  Our Jobs Rebuild America 12-point plan offers a blueprint for change.  It calls for the restoration of the Summer Youth Jobs Program to provide summer jobs for millions of teens.  We also propose greater public/ private investments in job training for those most at-risk for joblessness and least equipped to navigate their way back to gainful employment.   And while Washington thus far does not appear to be listening, we have sought and found allies elsewhere, including some in corporate America.

For example, we are pleased that this week, McDonald’s Corporation, is launching an  unprecedented hiring campaign, aimed at adding 50,000 new crew and management employees to its payrolls.  The company plans to add 3-4 new workers to each of its 14,000 U.S. restaurants.  In addition to providing a pathway back to the dignity of work, many of these new “Mcjobs” come with training, flexible work schedules, competitive benefits, scholarship opportunities and growth potential.   The company points out that more than 75 percent of its restaurant managers and many of its corporate staff and executive leadership, including current company president, Jan Fields, started behind the counter. 

McDonald’s projects that the addition of 50,000 new employees will boost the economies of states and local economies, which can likely expect an additional $430 million spent on housing, almost $186 million in taxes, and $180.5 million in grocery purchases.

African American teens, 38.5 percent of whom are currently unemployed, may especially benefit from this hiring blitz.  The unemployment rate for Black teens consistently hovers near 40 percent, the highest rate of any group in the country.  In addition to putting thousands of Black teens on successful career paths, each year McDonald’s selects one high school student-employee from each state and the District of Columbia for $2,500 scholarships, as well as three national “McScholar” winners who each receive $5,000 scholarships. 

The National Urban League will continue to push for federal action in response to the jobs crisis in urban America.  In the meantime, we applaud McDonald’s for doing its part with its “National Hiring Day.” More jobs mean a stronger economy and a better future for our children, our neighbors and our nation.

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