(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago area was like a lot of spots all over the U.S. Tuesday as tens of thousands of people showed up from all walks of life to try and get a job at McDonald's.
With the economic recovery still tepid and unemployment hovering around nine percent, there was no problem finding job seekers as McDonald's held its first national hiring day. The goal was to employ 50,000 people in one fell swoop.
The fast food chain has about 450 restaurants in the Chicago area and 800 job openings. At one location in Humboldt Park, an estimated 500 people showed up before the 3:00 p.m. deadline to take applications.
Salaries ranged from minimum wage to $50,000 annually for managers. The people who showed up in Chicago and elsewhere ranged from high school students to unemployed people in their 40s, and some older.
Many of those who filled out applications had significant work experience, much of which would have made them overqualified for most McDonald's positions.
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