Here is a problem more employers probably wish they had.
More than 22,000 people have applied for jobs at Nissan North America Inc.'s truck assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi. But the plant only has about 4,000 positions available, and the jobs will not be available for another two years.
Nissan began building the $930 million factory in April. The automaker plans to build 250,000 vehicles annually. These include full-sized pickups, sport-utilities and minivans. Production should begin in 2003.
The jobs are mostly factory positions, with a starting wage of $13.25 an hour. Benefits include 14 paid vacation days a year, vacation, health insurance, a retirement plan and vehicle purchase program. Applicants must have at least 18 months experience. They also must be at least 18 and available to work any shift.
The Mississippi Employment Security Commission is taking applications until July 30. 'We are recruiting the bulk of the work force,' says agency spokeswoman Jan Garrick. 'This is the largest project we have ever undertaken.'