Wal-jobs come to D.C.

September 24, 2013

Ciara Davis, left, interviews Ciara Reid as Wal-Mart opens two hiring centers for the new Georgia Avenue and H Street stores on Monday in Washington. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post )

Less than a week after the “living wage” debate ended with a D.C. Council vote, Wal-Mart opened hiring centers Monday for its first two D.C. stores. Post columnist Petula Dvorak paid a visit and found dozens, even hundreds, of Washingtonians ready to apply for work: “Many families came with two generations of applicants. All of them said they want to stay in the city of their birth. But few of them can afford it anymore,” Petula writes. And while many of those applicants say a $12.50-an-hour wage would be great, they also say they would be grateful to have a job that pays less: “If they pay $8.25, $8.75, whatever. A job is a job and I need a job,” said 52-year-old Ronald Knight. “All I want is to work, and I’ll take anything.”

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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