20,000 jobless rush for 400 Ikea jobs in Spain

20,000 jobless rush for 400 Ikea jobs in Spain

More than 20,000 people in job-hungry Spain have applied for 400 posts at an IKEA store, crashing the company’s computer servers and illustrating the desperation the country’s six million unemployed face.

A company spokesman said the online applications were for jobs as store workers in a shop to be opened next year outside Valencia.

He said the most applications the company had received before in Spain were 50,000 in southern Jerez, but that was over a period of a month.

Official figures show Spain may be beginning to emerge from a more than two-year recession but the government admits it will take years to bring down the 26% unemployment rate.

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