McDonald’s hires 62,000

McDonald’s
Corp., the world’s biggest restaurant chain, said it hired 24 percent more
people than planned during an employment event this month.

McDonald’s
and its franchisees hired 62,000 people in the U.S. after receiving more than
one million applications, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said today in
an e-mailed statement. Previously, it said it planned to hire 50,000.

The
April 19 national hiring day was the company’s first, said Danya Proud, a McDonald’s
spokeswoman. She declined to disclose how many of the jobs were full- versus
part-time. McDonald’s employed 400,000 workers worldwide at company-owned
stores at the end of 2010, according to a company filing.

The
number of applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. rose last
week, a sign that progress in the labor market may be fading. Jobless claims increased
by 25,000 to 429,000 in the week ended April 23, the most in three months,
according to data from the Labor Department in Washington today.

Earlier
this month, McDonald’s said sales at stores open at least 13 months climbed 2.9
percent in the U.S.
after it attracted more diners with items such as beverages and the Chipotle
BBQ Bacon Angus burger. The fast-food chain has about 14,000 stores in the U.S. and more
than 18,000 abroad. About 80 percent of all McDonald’s stores are franchised.

McDonald’s
rose 6 cents to $77.93 at 2:16 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite
trading. The shares have gained 10 percent over the past 12 months, before today.

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