By Bill Hudson

By Bill Hudson, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The nation’s largest fast food chain is trying to take a bite out of the unemployment rate. In Minnesota, that rate is currently at 6.6 percent. The McDonald’s jobs will be a help, but don’t expect the rate to budge much.

If you want to know what it’s like to be unemployed, ask Aimee Wierman.

Out of work for three years, she was one of the many stopping by her local McDonald’s restaurant Tuesday hoping to land a job.

“I do graphic design by trade, but a job’s a job. You know, they’re hard to come by,” said Wierman.

Approximately 197,000 people in Minnesota are currently unemployed.

McDonald’s national hiring day has jobs for 900 in Minnesota.

Marquello Hollins hopes he’s one of them.

“Anything that’s open — doesn’t matter. Anything that’s open I will take,” said Hollins.

Fast food, however, is just a fraction of what’s needed.

Higher paying jobs in construction, manufacturing and home building is needed to bring down the unemployment rate.

“We need the 5,000 to 6,000 job months would get us back in a couple of years, rather than the 4 to 5 years time frame to get back to pre-recession,” said Mark Phillips, who is the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s commissioner.

In fact, last month the state added roughly 2,800 jobs, which dropped the unemployment rate just a tenth of a percent.

So, the McDonald’s jobs are nice, especially for teen unemployment, but a whole lot more are needed.

Comments (18)
  1. Phid says:

    Is this the kind of “job creation” that Obama supporters were hoping for when they elected him in 2008? How far we have fallen…

  2. Rusty Shackelford says:

    Obama does not nearly have the skills to create jobs. I would rather see McDonald’s CEO, or about 900 others in place of him.

  3. rick says:

    why does everyone blame obama for what w did?

    1. Rusty Shackelford says:

      Quit getting your information from CBS rick. Go to school and get a life, and get yourself an ID if you want to vote for now on.

      1. dphilips says:

        for now on? Who needs the schooling?

  4. Rusty Shackelford says:

    I cannot take advise from a “man” who doesn’t know basic English, and the craft of Capitalization “Rick”. Get over Bush, let’s examine this mockery of a President. This is your Messiah, what has this great Obama done for you Rick?

    1. dphilips says:

      The high unemployment rate is completely the fallout from 8 yrs of Bush

      1. whatever says:

        No it isn’t. He’s been gone for years now and things are still getting worse. Can Obama win another election based on blaming Bush? Maybe.

  5. Myke says:

    You cannot take advise, Rusty? Or advice? McDonald’s is doing thier part? Or their part? Rick’s right. Obama has been fighting to fix what Bush F’d up well before he got there. We can’t BLAME Obama for a recession that started before he was even fully in office. I kind of feel like there’s no way out personally…we’re spending our nation’s money on war. Not medical, not school, not jobs, but war. I don’t see that changing any time soon. It’s unfortunate.

    1. Rusty Shackelford says:

      Real men do not use spell check and except out spelling errors Myke. What a feminine name you have there sweetheart.

    2. Rusty Shackelford says:

      Medical, jobs and school are just great here in America Myke. In which utopian dreamworld do you come from?

  6. V for Vendetta says:

    The only word that comes to mind is “truly sad” when McDonald’s gets this much attention for posting a few jobs. The situation is desperate and critical. Real unemployment is around 17-20% when you take into account all the people who are working part-time but have full time ambitions, all the people who have given up under the “Owe”bama economy, and those who have exhausted benefits. McDonalds is nice to work at in Europe (my wife did) where you get benefits, but America is truly becoming a nation of burger-flippers and low level service sector jobs. Peter Schiff and Ron Paul have tried to warn Americans but most are too glued to their sports, American Idol, Jersey Shore, or listening to their local media “presstitutes”.

  7. V for Vendetta says:

    No wonder why we have become a nation of fast-food workers, just look at the hack-job of reporting. Since when does the number 900 have a comma like WCCO shows before the video starts. That only comes once you hit 1,000. These are the people we trust for “unbiased” news. I would buy gold and silver. The signs are everywhere the recovery is fake. Gotta get rid of some more “Owe”bama cash. Glad I left the United Bank States of America.

  8. V for Vendetta says:

    Advice to the gangster-gangster-man, cut your hair before the interview, you look like a slob.

  9. V for Vendetta says:

    Was that Randy Moss picking up an application? Sure looked like it. I like how the media refers to the manager as an “accident victim” under her name. And is her name really Barry Lawrence. I could do a better job reporting the news from my basement than these clowns. She is maybe a soon-to-be accident victim of this horrendous economy that is about to be driven off the side of a cliff by the spender in chief and the Federal Reserve as “Federal” as Federal Express.

  10. Mike says:

    Rusty Shackelturd- You are by far the biggest right wing idiot I have ever read on ANY COMMENT section!
    Your not married to Michele Bachmann are you? You sound like her twin……

  11. Rusty Shackelford says:

    I don’t care about anybody because I am a self centered, bigoted, confused old, crusty creep.

  12. Rusty Shackelford says:

    I think Michele Bachmann is a genius.

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