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Desperation Sets In: More Than 100,000 People Apply For Low Paying Flight Attendant Positions With Delta Air Lines

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All across America, job seekers are becoming increasingly desperate.  Today, unemployed Americans often find themselves competing against hundreds or even thousands of other job applicants for the same position.  An absolutely stunning example of this happened recently when more than 100,000 people applied for just 1,000 open flight attendant positions with Delta Air Lines.  The starting salary for these positions is only “in the upper $20,000s”, and serving peanuts and sodas to cranky passengers can get really old really fast.  But this just shows how desperate people are becoming.  For many unemployed Americans, any job is a good job at this point.  Right now there are approximately 5 unemployed Americans for every single job opening, and 6 million Americans have been out of work for 6 months or longer.  When you get that many unemployed people fighting over so few positions the desperation in the air becomes almost palpable.

For most Americans, all they have to offer in the marketplace is their labor.  But today there is a tremendous shortage of jobs.  Even job openings that were once considered to be “undesirable” are now being flooded with applicants.

The following are some more examples of the desperation that is starting to set in around the nation….

*More than a thousand desperate job seekers recently lined up to apply for temporary positions paying between $8.25 to $9.75 per hour picking, packing and shipping orders for Zappos.com.

*One 54-year-old woman in California recently went to apply for one of four county clerk positions and discovered that she was competing against over 2000 other applicants for those four spots.

*Recently more than 500 desperate applicants submitted applications for just 120 positions at a new IHOP restaurant in the Washington, D.C. area.  The new positions pay just $3.32 an hour plus tips.

*Several months ago, thousands upon thousands of people lined up at the crack of dawn for a chance to get an application for one of the 400 openings at Ford’s plant in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.

The positions only pay 15 dollars an hour plus benefits, but that was enough to draw massive crowds of job applicants. In fact, the crowds were so immense that many applicants were turned away without receiving an application even after waiting for many hours.

For example, 32-year-old Larry Smizer was sent home at 11 AM without an application even though he had been waiting in line since 7 AM. It turns out that there were so many thousands of people that had gotten there before him that there were no applications remaining when his turn finally came….

“I’ve been out of work since April, but there were a lot of people in line with me who were out longer than that.”

The truth is that the vast majority of Americans want to work.  There are millions of hard working men and women across the United States sitting home tonight desperately hoping that someone will give them a chance.

But unfortunately, our economy is actually bleeding good jobs.  Since the year 2000, we have lost 10% of our middle class jobs.  In the year 2000 there were approximately 72 million middle class jobs in the United States but today there are only about 65 million middle class jobs.

So what is going to happen if the U.S. keeps losing large numbers of good jobs?

Many hard working Americans are now completely broke and have been pushed to the edge of desperation because of the lack of jobs.  Just consider the following testimony from unemployedworkers.org….

I am a 42 year old unemployed IT Technician. I became unemployed in late May this year when my employer decided they couldn’t afford to pay me. My wife does work but she earns very little, I was the breadwinner in the family. I have sent my resume to over 250 companies since June 2010 and have had 6 interviews all of which told me I was either overqualified or underqualified. At this point I have started applying at fast food chains and janitorial companies but still cannot get hired. I broke down crying during an interview yesterday because I cannot stop thinking about what will happen if I can’t find a job that at least pays me 250 weekly.

I have lost my car because I had a choice to either lose the car or my apartment because I couldn’t afford both nor did I have the security deposit money to move into another less expensive apartment. I have 3 daughters, 2 of which I have to support directly and financially and if I cannot find a job we will be homeless by February of 2011.

What does it say about our economy when so many highly educated, hard working Americans are being forced out of their homes and into the street?

Why can’t “the greatest economy in the world” provide enough jobs for everyone?

If “the recession has ended”, then why does the federal government have to feed 42 million Americans every single month?

This wasn’t supposed to happen in America.

We were once the wealthiest and most prosperous nation on the face of the earth.

But now decades of really, really bad decisions by our business leaders and politicians are starting to catch up with us.

If you think the desperation out there is bad now, just wait.  As the economy continues to crumble millions more Americans will give in to depression and despair.

We are headed for some really, really hard times.  Do what you need to do to prepare yourself and your family both physically and mentally.  For the vast majority of Americans, the economic disaster that is coming is going to absolutely blindside them.  Despite how hard so many of us have tried to warn them, they will never see it coming.

  • Sam from malaysia

    Oh yeah, Americans are really a spoilt lot, yeah you have had your good times and now its payback time. Its madness to see fellow americans rushing into shopping centers during the black friday shopping spree. They are like a bunch of animals (sorry to say that) fighting among themselves over those craps even though they aren’t sure when is the next meal going to come by !

    This is truly madness and is the basis of TRUE american GREED ! The american economy is now going downhill at secong gear wait till you see it in FIFTH gear. That will be TOTAL disintegration of the American economy, social and even US as a country. Wait till you see it in 2012. America will be on sale LOCK, STOCK and BARREL . !!!

  • William

    Americans need to take a HARD look at where the country was in Jan 2001 when Clinton left the White House. Then, take a look at where America was in Jan 2009, when the Smirking Chimp and war criminal Bush and his sidekick Coward Cheney left government. The Republican ideology of no regulation and no oversight let the Wall St criminal trash run wild with subprime/altA/option ARM NINJA (no job, no assets, no credit) mortgages. Bush cut taxes when the nation could not afford it, and then started an unnecessary war of choice for Israel based on LIES, fighting that war with money borrowed from China. Bush almost DOUBLED the national debt in just 8 years. Now, FOOLS who continue to support this evil and vile unAmerican piece of trash Bush will whine that I am blaming Bush……but, Bush owns this nightmare lock, stock and barrel. Obummer is incompetent and the Democrats have not been effective in righting the ship of state in the past two years. But, they were handed a disaster by Bush.
    Americans MUST realize that the decline has begun. It will not ever be “the same” again. We can not spend our way out of this disaster; we can not tax our way out, and we can not grow our way out. If I was younger, I would leave the country. Brazil, with a huge ethenol industry, 80% of electricity from hydro power, and booming agricultural commodity exports, looks like a winner. America is the loser. Maybe you should take a HARD look at how we came to this sorry state. It did not have to be this way. But, Americans do NOT think, for the main part.

  • SGary

    We shouldn’t be complaining about this trend. Pretty soon there won’t be any baddies with money and we can all live happily ever after. I propose that we ramp up the insane taxes, onerous environmental laws and general anti-business mindset in this nation so that we can all live as destitute, non-wealthy good people.

  • zack

    I was recently on a Delta flight with some of these new 1,000 hires. The lead attendant on the flight announced their presence to the whole plane and congratulated them for surviving the intense process and beating out the other 99,000 applicants. All I could do was wonder why there are so many people scrambling for such a trying job. These are truly desperate times.

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  • RJ

    I have a job… It sucks… It’s a cashier in a big box retail store… It only pays 8.97 an hour… The hours are some of the most ungodly on god’s green earth… The people I work with aren’t the smartest… But…

    It. Is. A. Job.

    Which is more than most people out there…

  • KWJ

    Banking legislation is about to change in Australia; towards the same errors that took place in the USA. There are only four big banks in Australia and they’re about to become derivative makers, have tax-money pay for their advertising and a slew of other stupid ideas paid for by the public. On top of this they are already making record profits. I’d normally suggest that liberty-minded English speaking Americans come to Australia but don’t bother; your Antipodean cousins are being sold down the same river but they’ve already been disarmed.

  • Tatiana Covington

    This is **scary as hell**. Besides, I’ve seen something like this before…

    a lost/losing war
    homeless vets in the streets
    millions of unemployed
    a collapsed economy
    among other things.

    Where was it now… Germany around 1932.

    That’s where and when.

  • whoisbiggles

    It amazes me that yet again you chose to see the cloud and not the silver lining….
    The Delta story is another example that Americans will do whatever work is on offer. This is highly commendable. The American work ethic still lives.

  • billy

    To start, I understand what everybody is saying. Its just that I disagree with those who think like Sam. Sam, you are an ignorant and moron to think that everybody deserves payback. You have no clue that many of us are already poor and have been our entire lives. Some of us have never had a chance in life to do anything. So this is not payback. This is just more crap added to our poor lives. In fact, I am sure that you have had a chance in life more then I have. You have probably had a job over $25,000 a year if you have lived here. So don’t say its payback for everyone when some of use haven’t even had a break for once in our lives. Payback is for rich people that don’t care. Many people are not. You probably at least have a home. Many people can’t even have a home. Regardless of the culture being different you don’t know what will happen in the future. If you are one of those individuals who work by answering the phone for technical problems then you don’t know what its like. You are taking jobs away from people because of outsourcing. Some of us here can do a better job but we don’t get the chance to show it. I just don’t agree with you.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I’m not sure what to say just breaking down in an interview will guarantee you will not get hired. I was laid off four times in the space of three years after the Tech bust. One of things I learned is employers can smell desperation, and don’t talk about how much you’ll make or time off. One interviewer told me that is the biggest turn off to an employer, with all the research via the net if you don’t how much your going to be making don’t apply.

  • mondobeyondo

    Wish I had known about those Delta flight attendant jobs in advance. I would have gladly applied for one of them. It would have been my big chance to leave this depressing desert burg, and see all parts of the country and the rest of the world. And it wouldn’t be a vacation, it would be my job!!

    Yeah, I know about the JetBlue guy who got fed up with his job, and jumped down the emergency slide. Every job has its issues though. I’m more than happy to roll the dice and take the chance. Sure beats being unemployed!

    Oh well. When are Southwest and United hiring??

  • Gary

    There is too much wealth in too few hands. This wealth is the working peoples wealth from the productivity increase we stopped getting as wages stagnated and the rich STOLE our wealth.

    This is why we need to heavily tax the rich and get our money back.

    No sane person can possibly think that it is OK for the top 1% to have more wealth and income than the bottom 50%. I am hoping even the dumbest tea bagger conservative republican can see that this is immoral and unhealthy for the nation. I am not holding my breath as they are pretty dumb!

  • El Pollo de Oro

    When Jet Blue employee Steven Slater recently went off the deep end and said adios to his miserable job by taking a trip down the emergency slide, I said to myself, “There will be a long list of people ready to take his place. Jet Blue and other airlines will have no problem filling positions no matter how awful the work.” And the fact that there were 100 applicants for every opening at Delta bears that out. Being a flight attendant is truly a job from hell, and the pay is pathetic given all the crap they have to put up with. But starting salaries in the upper $20,000s are much better than starting salaries at the dollar store.

    It’s only a matter of time before record numbers of Americans get fed up with these ever-worsening economic conditions and turn to violent crime. The crime rates are going to absolutely skyrocket in this rotting, decaying, collapsing Third World nightmare called The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA). If you have a gun, hang on to it because you’re going to need it when the hungry, the cold and the just-plain-desperate come a knocking at your door.

    These are truly dark times for the BRA. God help The Banana Republic of America.

  • Richard

    “Really, really hard times”? “Really really bad decisions”??
    WE ARE NOT CHILDREN! Cut out the pejoratives. Hard times are hard times. We don’t need you to spoonfeed us with emotion, informing us that times which are hard are REALLY REALLY hard…
    Really really hard, huh? Nah, you must mean, “really really really hard”. Maybe there are people out there who are living through really really really really really really really hard times. Who knows?

  • missy

    This blog helps people to sound off, which is healthy. But understanding begins when you realize that the AVERAGE American spent insanely against his earnings in the past ten years. Shopping cart loads of China-made junk from Wal-Mart being purchased by Joe American every week! “Buying” homes with granite countertops while thinking nothing of living paycheck to paycheck! Getting rid of little tvs that worked fine just to own bigger tvs! Buying SUVs without thinking of gas mileage! My well-heeled European relatives don’t have half the clutter an American has in their home, have far fewer clothes, only run appliances at off-peak hours, rarely watch tv during the day, and drive the smallest cars possible. The majority don’t own large screen tvs, their houses are much smaller, and none have stainless steel appliances! They don’t waste their money on junk food (unless it’s a birthday), but do buy more wine. They consume fewer over-the counter drugs than Americans. They don’t eat out half as much, rarely go out to movies, but are more involved in local clubs. Taxes are high, but so are social benefits. Americans have produced great entrepreneurs, but the American desire for equality to include lifestyle equality was impossible to maintain. Too many Americans for too long didn’t know the meaning of “restraint” and now it is being pushed upon them.

  • mondobeyondo

    To paraphrase an old mustard commercial:

    You: “Pardon me sir, do you have any Grey Poupon?”

    U.S. Govt: “No, that’s reserved for our most priviledged clients. However, we will offer you some Brown PooPoo. Would you care to have a taste?”

  • Gary

    Regarding taxing the rich as stealing “their” money:

    As far as your “it is their money in the first place”. Bullshit. That income group has not experienced recession. They owe this country for creating the conditions that allowed them to earn and keep their income, as well as to live in a safe and clean environment with laws, law enforcement, and courts that protect them.

    If there is going to be shared sacrifice to reign in the national debt, those that have benefited the most from the economy need to sacrifice the most to correct the problems.

  • Gary

    Missy-you are wrong for the most part. A lot of people, me included did not live above our means yet we got hurt in this downturn. It is upsetting that the right wants everyone to share the pain of austerity, however, I never got the gain. I did not have a seat at the party and now they want me to sacrifice? And they are still giving the rich more tax cuts?

    We are a banana republic all the way. Let the revolution begin!

  • Banshea

    You are talking about the Banana Republic of America. I am afraid you cannot get the situation too well. What is happening in America now, started to happen in Europe many years ago, since the gloomy times of M. Thatcher and R. Reagan. We have built a world for the riches, but not for the old kind of riches. We have created a world for rich psycopaths. They don’t care about the western civilization, our countries or our people. Somebody talked about Europe being more sensible than the average American. Well, I’ve seen that in Germany, but not in my own country (Spain) or France. People have bought SUV and all the stuff here too. We head for disaster now. Flight assistants? People apply here for post of airline pilitos for about 1200 $.

    People buy all those gimmicks from China and fight for a place in our “black friday” to buy nothing but crap.

    We are done for. Tax cuts? There have been to much tax cuts for 25 years. They are never my own taxes. I think the western world is collapsing just like the Soviet Union fell down 15 years ago. Fortunately, my children can still eat. I am a hard worker and I have never been unemployed a single day. But as I grow older, they start to think about somebody younger and more cheaper. I am fed up of being a good citizen. This society doesn’t pay us back.

  • Ken

    “But now decades of really, really bad decisions by our business leaders and politicians are starting to catch up with us.” The really, really bad decisions were made by the public during the Presidential Primaries. I saw it as early as 1996. The gullible public voted for whom the affluent media told them were “serious” candidates. We now know how that worked out.

  • BiBi

    OMG. There are still masses of people who believe that “voting” matters. Presidents are not voted in by stupid american public, the Electorial College and a Judge puts the President in office. i.e…Thomas and Clinton.

  • GEORGE

    Sam, you are a very ignorant person!
    The same thing happening to America,happened to your country when you had financial crisis in late 1990’s. And you know what, America will survive this, because we work very hard, we innovate!
    and you’re stupid and ignorant!
    Not only that, we bailed your country out when your currency collapsed in the 90’s (Clinton was president at that time,so you’re a loser!

  • cheapy

    Dear Gary,

    Us “rich” folks owe you NOTHING! I worked 100 hour weeks for years, and lived a reasonable life, and saved for my retirement. Now these criminal basterds in the government and Fed are debasing and devaluing the money I worked so hard to save.

    The problem was that ALL of our governments for the last 40 years have allowed and encouraged the shipping of US jobs out of the country. There has been NO political party except Ross Perot’s attempt in 92 that actually tried to save American jobs. You are now getting your reward for this stupidity.

  • karen

    This is all done on purpose, the dark side that’s what I call them, want you and I to become dirt slaves, which is already happening. You can rise above all of this, they don’t want you to know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Check-out Robert Ghost Wolf, have an OPEN mind!!!!!

  • Godozo

    Every one want to rip into Wal-Mart people purchasing stuff from China, but you know what? Wal-Mart made the move, and for many people who had once chosen (or NOT chosen) Wal-Mart but now shopped there because it was the ONLY game it town, they had no choice but to shop China.

    Well, guess what? Now almost everything is made overseas. Clothing…the only clothing maker in America makes clothes for Anorexic girls and the boys who wish they were anorexic girls (and I use the words “girls” and “boys” intentionally). And food…now that we’re keeping a lot of Mexicans south of the border, our fruit and vegetable farming infrastructure is moving to Mexico. So now you can’t eat healthily without shipping your $$$ overseas.

    Trust me…jobs will become rarer and more wanted. Plus…if you don’t have any work before you’re fifteen, get ready for lifetime unemployment (been building since the eighties, with the development of teenage employment). Already companies are actively discriminating against the unemployed (no matter HOW they got unemployed); expect it to get worse.