McDonald’s tried to do its part to put a dent in the U.S. unemployment rate on Tuesday by holding its first-ever National Hiring Day. The world’s largest hamburger chain hoped to fill 50,000 positions by 5:00 p.m.
The company says it received a strong response from job seekers across the country. Individual McDonald’s locations reported having hundreds of people coming into the restaurants to fill out applications.
Reports indicate that applicants came from all age groups—from high school teens looking for extra spending money to retired folks hoping to supplement their Social Security checks.
All McDonald’s locations took applications both in their stores and on their websites. Pay depends on location and experience. Some new hires will make as little as minimum wage while managers can make as much as $50,000 per year.
The hiring event was the biggest ever for the fast food king, aiming to help the chain keep up with an uptick in business and an increasing number of units going to 24-hour operation.
While a job at McDonald’s is not seen as a traditional career path, the company points out that more than three-quarters of its restaurant managers and half its franchise owners started off as crew members.