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Applications Pour In for D.C. Walmart Jobs

The soon-to-open Walmart at 1st and H streets NW.

The soon-to-open Walmart at 1st and H streets NW

Less than a week after the D.C. Council failed to override Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the controversial living wage bill, Walmart opened its first two hiring centers for the stores it plans to open in the District. And thousands of applications came pouring in.

According to the company, more than 3,000 people applied for D.C. Walmart jobs on Sept. 23, the day the hiring centers opened. Within the first week, Walmart had received more than 11,000 applications.

The company released a video (below) implying that the flood of applications serves as a refutation of the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have required Walmart and other big retailers to pay a living wage of $12.50 an hour, minus benefits. Walmart threatened to scrap plans for three of the six stores it initially planned if the bill became law, and to reconsider its options for the three stores already under construction, two of which are set to open before the end of the year. Gray vetoed the legislation, and the D.C. Council couldn't muster enough votes to override the veto.

Those 11,000 applications are for just 1,800 jobs. That means that even if the company received no applications after the first week, its acceptance rate would be about the same as the University of Chicago's.

Photo by Aaron Wiener

  • Julie

    How many applications did Costco receive when they opened?

  • Robert

    Walmart is the largest US importer of retail goods.
    And they don't do a bad job of exploiting their employees either. These low wage jobs create a permanent underclass.

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  • Huh

    @Robert (#2)

    Your comment makes no logical sense. Why would someone apply to work for Wal-Mart if it would make them worse off?

  • Derek

    Hey Phil Mendelson, I guess people would rather be employed at $8.25/hr than unemployed at $12.50/hr.

  • Corky

    A job at minimum wage is better than no job at a living wage, no matter what the union activists keep telling us. Of course, all of the living wage people making those arguments make six figures and live in upscale neighborhoods. They have no clue what it is like to be unemployed and desperate to make ends meet.

  • Ward-8

    So I guess Gray and the other five Walmart ass kissing Councilman's are gloating that they took part in creating another exploited class of working poor Government subsidize employees instigated by a Multi-Billion dollar Cooperation that would rather spend more on lobbyist than benefits for their employees to and including adding to the profits of the five billionaire owners who in all probability pay less taxes than their exploited employees. Less we not forget, the majority intelligent voters in DC will not for get.

  • Angela

    11,000 applications is not a refutation of the living wage. Do you think people wanted to work in sweatshops in the 1800's, no they had no other choice if they wanted to eat and hold their heads up. Hell even 12.50 is not a living wage. six figure and seven figure employers are always discussing how everyone wants a handout but then they are the ones that have their hands in the pot that are advocating 8.50 jobs.

  • Typical DC BS

    The thinking people in DC are the ones applying for the Walmart jobs. The whiners are liberal elitists working in union, government or "liberal think tank" jobs who, like most wanna-be communists, want to force everyone else in society to toe their idiotic "progressive" line.

  • Reality Check

    Angela nailed it - the fact that people are applying for a job is not evidence that the job is desirable, except in libertarian Chicago School fantasy land. Put down your Friedman and Hayek and look at the real world - people apply for shitty jobs because they often have no other choice. Have you looked at the unemployment rate lately? And no, unemployment was not caused by "too much regulation," Fox News propaganda notwithstanding - it was caused by the bursting of an asset bubble and the consequent drop in consumer demand, and the bubble had been created in the first place by reckless speculation by the financial industry.

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  • To Angela

    "the fact that people are applying for a job is not evidence that the job is desirable"

    For those without a job, A job is desirable.

    Put your union entitlement attitude away for a second and look around. How many people, including yourself are entirely happy at your so called "desirable" job? Few, if any. Some hate their job, others hate the pay, but we all do it because it is a job.

    Only in your delusional reality is an unemployed person, sitting at home with the taxpayer paying their full freight better than someone who has a job that covers 95% of their financial requirements. Instead of the taxpayer picking up the full tab, they pick up a vastly smaller one. Everyone wins.

    Thankfully, there were about 11,000 people who agreed.

  • a change gon’ come

    for everyone excited about the $8.50/hr. jobs (for other people, not themselves, of course), i hope you're equally excited about your taxes paying for those workers' Medicaid and food stamps. that makes us the people paying them what they need to live, aka a living wage. The Walton Family thanks you for your support.

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