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Hiring: 50,000+

McDonald’s is so enthusiastic about the recovery, it held a “National Hiring Day” in April, where it set out to hire 50,000 workers, a mix of both management and restaurant-staff jobs. The fast-food chain exceeded its goal and said it plans to continue hiring. As for its reputation for only offering minimum wage jobs, McDonald’s said about half of its franchisees and 75 percent of its managers started out as store workers.

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