Less than a month ago, Hyundai announced it would be adding a third shift at its Alabama assembly plant, resulting in an additional 877 jobs. You'd imagine with Alabama running a 7.2-percent unemployment rate in April – ranking right in the middle of the 50 states – competition for those jobs would be pretty serious. But nobody, least of all Hyundai, expected this. As of May 22, the automaker had received some 18,500 applications, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

To put that into perspective, the Montgomery metropolitan area has an adult population of just over 282,000, meaning the applicant pool at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama represents more than six percent of nearby residents. Hyundai was so flooded with applicants that it temporarily shut down the process on May 18, warning job seekers that any applications it received after that date would likely go unprocessed. Hyundai only expects to screen between 6,000-7,000 applicants according to the report.

The company began seeing applicants on May 14, and by working 13-hour days, it has been processing roughly 200 each day. Applicants are asked to take a multiple-choice test during the 90-minute interview and those that get asked back will be given a six-hour training course, according to the report. Hyundai expects the hiring process to be completed by mid-July, in advance of launching the third shift after Labor Day.


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      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Times are hard....
      banstaman
      • 2 Years Ago
      So if 18,500 people applied, why does the title say 20,000? I mean isn't that just a LITTLE BIT off?
      gop.hates.america
      • 2 Years Ago
      We need to get rid of Obama. I don't care about 3 years of continuous job growth. Unemployment rate should have dropped to 0% the day he took office. I don't care that it took Bush 8 years to run this country into ground. Obama had 24 hours to fix everything and he blew it. I don't care that under Reagan, unemployment was more than 10%. He is still my hero. I don't care that he has lowered taxes for everyone. In my mind, I will only believe what they say on Fox News. We need to get rid of Obama and put a spineless flip-flopper in the white house. Etch-A-Sketch 2012!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gop.hates.america
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        Pinhead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        Amen.
        darkness
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        Chuuuuuuch!!!
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @darkness
          Wow, a -16 and a -17. Courtesy of Mary Keana, invisibleblog, BTCC, clearwater, pies1, and whatever other logins this person has.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @darkness
          Don't forget Wrangler Unlimited.
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          @darkness
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        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        But but but Obama is a commie muslim libtard hippie!!!! All he wants to do is to make a welfare state and make us dependent on the gubment!!! He's gonna turn 'murca into a welfare state!!!!! He's gonna raise taxes!!!!! I'd much rather have the 1 %get tax breaks than the middle class!!! Cuz supporting the middle class is communism right????? TEA PARTY 2012!!!!!!!! /s I'm glad that someone on this board can speak the truth, Don't mind the downvotes, they are in fact almos all from 1 person with several logins.
        Johnny Trailerpark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        Awesome!
      darkness
      • 2 Years Ago
      F#ck Alabama and the rest of the slave states(Mississippi, Louisiana) Suck a fat one southern states. Have a great weekend all except you in the dirty south.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @darkness
        There's a reason the states themselves are called welfare states (and it's not because of the citizenry). California and company provide and all the southern states (and more) absorb. As a former Arkansan, it's a tragic kingdom. The South is awash with uneducated buffoons with their overt religion, extreme underage pregnancies, winning politics of hatred, the professional obese, and the ridiculous notion that being their welfare states are the marks of excellence and we breadwinners just dang got it wrong. The phrase "god helps those that help themselves" does not appear in the bible, but you'd think they'd want to start helping themselves to something other than my money.
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          @tump
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          darkness
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          Haha -16 because im right.
          Johnny Trailerpark
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          @Justin - Actually, he is factually right. You're evidence is anecdotal. The facts say otherwise. Most of the Northeast corridor and the west coast produce a surplus of tax dollars while most of the southeast (excluding Texas) sucks up benefits. Meanwhile, they continue to vote against their interests....
          Justin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          But you aren't right. I'm an engineer and I live in Huntsville, AL. Toyota has an engine plant in town, and of course Hyundai builds Sonatas in Montgomery. The Huntsville metropolitan area has the most engineers per capita of any city in the U.S., we designed the Saturn V rocket here and still contribute to what's left of the space program. Huntsville is home to the 2nd largest Research Park in the country, 4th in the world and I'm proud to live here. You will find uneducated buffoons regardless of what part of the country you look in, and you may have us on the religious part but I have never seen that negatively effect someone work ethic, the fact that over 18,000 people applied for 877 jobs is a testament to the fact that Southerners want to work. The cost of living is cheap here and Huntsville has been repeatedly named on national lists as the best places to raise a family, so please complain about something else.
        darkness
        • 2 Years Ago
        @darkness
        -21 has to be an Autoblog record.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @darkness
          Not even close. -60 something was the highest I've seen.
          darkness
          • 2 Years Ago
          @darkness
          It is about Hyundai and the south so not many are interested.
      AndreNeves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. You have a incompetent President in office that has had more jobs move overseas(and at times has rewarded companies with tax breaks i.e GE) in his term more than any other President in history. And you have a flip-flopping robot looking to take his place that owns a firm(BAIN) responsible for destroying thousands of jobs across the country. Sorry for making this political(well, there's no avoiding that with this type of article), but I just feel the need to spread the message. Obama & Romney WILL destroy this country and drive it into the ground.
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AndreNeves
        How was this Country before Obama got in control ?
          CBJMNWLD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          It was sunshine and flowers where all you had to do was roll out of bed and become a millionaire. Isn't Alabama a Republican state with right to work laws? How's that working out for ya? But it still beats pissed off Korean workers that when they strike they STRIKE. Korean workers are old school with employee complaints.
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AndreNeves
        GE's tax-dodging and corporate outsourcing are not recent policies -- at all. As for getting 20,000 applications, I doubt they were all from Alabama. If I were looking for a manufacturing job, I would relocate to Alabama in a heartbeat if I got hired by a company as strong as Hyundai.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AndreNeves
        I cannot argue with you that Romney and Obama are Not tools but..... being in the manufacturing field since 1996, I have seen less businesses closing up due to outsourcing in the past 4 or 5 years. What source did you get that information from? I am not calling you a liar, I just would be interested in seeing data on that.
          The Other Bob
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          "I have seen less businesses closing up due to outsourcing in the past 4 or 5 years. " What woudl you attribute this to? Lower pay in the U.S.? rising manufacturing costs overseas?
          Steve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          The manufacturing cost is rising overseas. Some companies are finding that it isn't the best business decision to do. Others jumped in as soon as China trade opened up while several other companies did not jump at the chance. I have been to China many times unfortunately.....
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        darkness
        • 2 Years Ago
        Cletus Earl Wiggins and Billy Jim Bob can finally leave WalMart and get one of them fancy high tootin jobs at the car factory.
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        darkness
        • 2 Years Ago
        Kissing ass on the net wont get you a high paying $14 hr job.
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          @darkness
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      Jason Krumvieda
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the worst excuses anybody can ever give for doing something wrong is "well the other guy before me did it" or "other companies are doing it too." Obama should be held accountable for his record, and his record is pretty crappy when it comes to spending and job creation. Good for Alabama! I used to live there and this state deserves it.
        The Other Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        As reported in that bastion of liberalism, The Wall Street Journal, spending is growing at a lower annual rate than it has in the past 60 years, including the stimulus. A vast majority of spending is due to programs and policies of the previous administration, including spending on two wars that are winding down, tax cuts never offset by spending cuts, a Medicare prescription drug benefit that was not paid for, and the recession that began in 2007. If your complaint is that the obama Admin. is not cutting spending of the previous administration fast enough, that would be the only legitimate policy argument you could make.
        The Other Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        Here a link with nice pretty graphs and non-partisan analysis. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/obama-spending-binge-never-happened-2012-05-22?pagenumber=1
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        His record is crappy when it comes to spending and job growth? You mean the 3 consecutive years of job growth? Also, you need to spend initially a lot of money before you can expect results....rebuilding the economy costs moeny. And do you expect Obama to wave a magic wand to solve all our problems? Face the facts. Bush took 8 years to run the economy into the ground while signing tax breaks for millionaires like himself, while taxing the middle class. Obama will take a lot of time to clean up, and he himself has stated that.
      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes, times are hard, but these are FANTASTIC jobs. Hell, I'd relocate to Alabama to work for Hyundai.
      FeMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I got into a UC Berekely PhD program a couple months ago. 300 applied for 6 spots. I'm awesome.
      Mchicha
      • 2 Years Ago
      hope and change...
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        @Mchicha
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      lauradomicilios
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://www.domiciliosbogota.com/domicilios-pizza-hut.html
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