700 applications for one open janitorial job

By | March 8, 2009

Evidence of the slumping economy is stacking up at an Ohio school which has nearly 700 applications for one open janitorial job.

Officials at Perry Local Schools near Canton in northeast Ohio say they’ve extended the deadline until Monday to accommodate the overwhelming response to the week-old posting.

The full-time position at Edison Junior High School pays $15 to $16 an hour plus benefits.

Superintendent John Richard says many applicants are laid-off workers with heart-wrenching stories about the tough economic times.

Forty-nine-year-old Donna Croston says she applied after losing jobs at two nearby factories that closed.

Croston says her chances of being hired amid the hundreds of applicants are slim, but she’s hoping to get lucky.

via News from The Associated Press.

I’m still trying to understand the problem. What is to stop 699 of those people from getting educational loans and going back to school to learn new skills or opening small businesses that provide needed goods and services to other people in the area?

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