McDonald’s To Hire 260K People In The US As Economic Lockdowns Come To An End

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McDonald’s plans to hire more than a quarter of a million people over the course of the summer as economic lockdowns continue to slow down, the company announced Thursday.

The restaurant chain will add 260,000 employees as it reopens dining rooms after shutting down amid lockdowns designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, according to the president of the company.

“We’ve put new minimum national standards and nearly 50 new processes in place in our restaurants as they continue to reopen safely and judiciously,” Joe Erlinger, president of McDonald’s USA, said Thursday in a press release. McDonald’s plans to hire a mix of full- and part-time positions. (RELATED: Dr. Birx Reportedly Believes Coronavirus Death Toll Inflated By Up To 25%)

McDonald's CEO Stephen Easterbrook unveils the company's new corporate headquarters during a grand opening ceremony on June 4, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The company headquarters is returning to the city, which it left in 1971, from suburban Oak Brook. Approximately 2,000 people will work from the building. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

McDonald’s CEO Stephen Easterbrook (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

McDonald’s, which employs about 850,000 people, saw its U.S. sales fall 19% during April compared with the same period in 2019, CNN reported. The restaurants announced new safety guidelines in May as it gears up to reopen dining areas from the pandemic lockdowns. Stickers on floors will encourage customers to keep their distance from each other.

Retail sales jumped 17.7% in May, doubling expectations and marking the biggest single-month gain in records going back decades, according to a Commerce Department report released Tuesday. A Bloomberg News survey of economists had anticipated 8.4% increase in retail sales in May as COVID-19-related measures melted away following a 14% decline in April.

Employment numbers have also rebounded faster than expectations. Payroll employment rose by 2.5 million in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report published June 5, and the number of unemployed dropped by 2.1 million to a total 21.0 million.

COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China, in late December before going global, killing a reported 116,000 people in the United States.

Governors and mayors across the United States instituted strict stay-at-home orders, which resulted in tens of millions of Americans applying for unemployment.

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