A new Olive Garden opening in Bend saw a flood of job-seekers hoping for one of the 165 full- and part-time positions available.
The restaurant received about 700 applications, a reflection of the 15.4% unemployment rate in the region.
This isn’t the first case of mass applications for work. A new downtown Bend restaurant, 5 Spice Fusion and Sushi, received 500 applications in November for only 25 positions.
The high number of applicants isn’t surprising to Tim Duy, an economist at the University of Oregon who studies Central Oregon’s economy. With layoffs and rampant unemployment, businesses are having no problem attracting potential employees, he said.
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