McDonald's aims to hire thousands across the region

April 18, 2011

Naila Boodhoo

Would you like some fries with that? That's the phrase many are perfecting for Tuesday, which McDonald's calls its National Hiring Day. 

McDonald's got its start here in the Midwest, and it has a substantial presence throughout the Great Lakes states. That's why 10,000 of the 50,000 new workers, the company wants will be based across the region. Like at the McDonald's on Chicago & State downtown. Nick Karavites and his family own that restaurants and 18 others across the city.
 
"Not only are we looking to hire cashiers but also hospitality staff and kitchen staff," he said.
 
As the employment market improves, jobseekers can get more selective about where they work. Karavites said pay at their restaurants averages $9 an hour, and that all workers can participate in a McDonald's Insurance program.
 
McDonald's says the company needs more workers because last year's sales were up five percent and it continues to grow.