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Have you ever wanted to work in a automobile factory? A lot of people do, apparently, and as car manufacturers ramp up production to meeting a steadily improving economy, the number of people vying for limited job slots is a telltale sign that we aren't out of the woods yet.

Hyundai Motor Co. has been building cars at its Montgomery, Ala. plant since 2005. Monday, the company announced that it will add 877 new positions, creating a third shift to help produce more Sonatas and Elantras, bringing the factory's workforce up to about 3,000 people.

The South Korean carmaker sold more than 55,000 Sonatas and 44,000 Elantras during this year's first quarter, increases of 6 and 8 percent respectively. The company's overall first quarter sales are up 15 percent. As a result, its Montgomery factory hadn't been able to keep up with dealership orders, generating complaints from the sales side of the business.

But with unemployment still at 8.1 percent nationally — 7.2 percet in Alabama — people are flocking to get those jobs. More than 20,000 applied for the 877 jobs that just opened up, a trend seen industry wide as auto manufacturers recover from the economic meltdown of just a few years ago.

For example, last year 18,000 people applied for 1,800 jobs in Ford's Louisville, Ky. plant, which is scheduled to begin building the Edge SUV this summer. Toyota built a new factory in Tupelo, Miss. last year, and more than 41,000 people applied for 1,300 positions. When Volkswagen opened its new plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. in 2009, 65,000 people clamored for 2,700 jobs.

With odds like that — and benefit bearing jobs in an industry that's projected to grow over the next few years — it's little wonder those factories aren't staffed with PhDs and superheros. (Hat tip to Jeffrey!)

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20,000 People Want 877 Jobs At Hyundai's Alabama Factory
 

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This has been happening everywhere. It is a sad reminder that so many people are still unemployed and struggling to find work.

The amount of time to actually go through each resume must be staggering.
 

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My department at work had 30 people apply for one position. Only 4 met the minimum qualifications. Of those four the pickin's were slim. The problem is people aren't qualified for a lot of higher tech manufacturing jobs. Its unbelieveable how many people can't do basic arithmetic, compose a complete sentence, or even convey a thought. The sad thing is all the applicants had a High school diploma or a GED. :eek:
 
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