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Thousands of People Apply for 200 Jobs at Target Store

| by Michael Allen

Thousands of people have applied for 200 jobs to fill new Target store in Albuquerque, New Mexico, over the past three days.

Target was holding a job fair at the Marriott Uptown where lines were snaking around the building, reports KOAT Action 7 News.

Given the high number of applicants, job hunters candidates have about a one in 35 chance in getting a job.

Applicant Natalie Bryant said her skills, personality and "great looks" would help her get a job.

Pauly Garcia told KOAT Action 7 News: "Good luck, because I'm going to blow those people out of the water with my interview."

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Target plans to make some hires this week. The rest will be hired two weeks before the new store opens on March 10.

Studies have shown that the longer a person is unemployed, the weaker his or her chances are of getting a job, which is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Opposing Views recently reported on the "hopelessly unemployed," about three million Americans who want a job, but haven't searched for employment in at least a year.

The fastest growing demographic of hopelessly unemployed workers are over age 55, who usually have a harder time finding jobs. These could include older workers who would prefer to have kept their jobs, but were pushed into early retirement because of the recession.