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Job at McDonalds harder to get than acceptance to Harvard

April 29, 2011

Ronald accepts award for lowest acceptance rate

McDonalds just hired 62,000 people. Over 1 million people applied for these jobs. That’s a 6.2% acceptance rate – and it’s probably lower lower because “at least 1 million people applied”.  They had said they would hire only 50,000, but upped the number to 62,000:

McDonald’s Corp. (MCD), 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, theOak 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.

Then we have this from the Harvard Crimson:

Acceptance Rate Falls to New Low

A record-low 6.9 percent of applicants have been accepted to the Harvard College Class of 2014.

The coveted fat envelopes will be mailed today to 2,110 students, the Office of Admissions announced earlier yesterday. Applicants will also receive their decisions via e-mail after 5 p.m. today.

6.2% acceptance rate for McDonalds.  6.9% acceptance rate for Harvard.

When I was a kid, getting a job at McDonalds is what kids did. Adults did not work at McDonalds unless they were supervisors or on the day shift.   Kids stocked shelves at stores too, and bussed tables.  When was the last time you saw a 14 year old bussing tables?

The economy is recovering, but is still in appalling shape.  When the acceptance rate for Harvard is higher than it is for a gigantic block of minimum wage, no future jobs, something is seriously broken with the system. These people are not Zero Marginal Product workers. We can and must do better.

[Important Update: Oops!  Major factual error!  Harvard reduced their acceptance rate to 6.2% this year. I somehow used the record low acceptance rate from 2010, instead of the record low acceptance rate for 2011.   I apologize for wildly misrepresenting the difficulty of getting a job at McDonalds.  It is only as hard to get a job at McDonalds as getting into Harvard, not more difficult as I stated.  I retract any claims about “more difficult”. Matt Yglesias – are you going to apply?  You might not make the cut.]

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  1. fred
    January 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    The author is a moron. He/she simply fails to acknowledge the qualification discrepancy between McD’s and Harvard applicants. In fact, if the same million applicants applied at Harvard instead of McDonald’s, disregarding age, fewer than 0.1% would be accepted.

  2. J7
    April 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    This shows you how low market wages would be if it wasn’t for price controls on labor (i.e. minimum wage).

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