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Want a job at Toyota? Get in line

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced Friday afternoon that 41,000 people (!) have applied for the roughly 2,000 jobs that will be available at the Toyota plant in Blue Springs. The agency started taking applications in August 2010.

The facility will roll the first Corolla off the assembly line Nov. 17 in a ceremony.

Folks from every county in Mississippi and 44 states across the U.S. sent in their applications. All the production jobs have been filled, but the company is still accepting applications for maintenance jobs.

While 38,000 people will be disappointed to learn they won’t be working for Toyota, you’re not totally out of luck if you live in North Mississippi. The MDES is still accepting applications for Schultz Extruded Products, a pipe manufacturing plant in Tunica; and for KiOR, the biofuel facility in Columbus. The agency will soon start accepting applications for the Winchester firearms facility in Oxford. Combined, those projects represent a touch more than the job count for Toyota.

Here’s the full release from the MDES:

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security has collected more than 41,000 applications for Toyota’s plant near Tupelo.

Toyota attracted applications from all 82 Mississippi counties, 44 other states and Puerto Rico.

The plant is expected to employ about 2,000.

Working through the MDES website, Toyota continues accepting applications for maintenance jobs at the Blue Springs plant. Toyota is no longer accepting applications for production jobs at the plant.

“We’ve collected applications from every corner of the state and I’m sure we’ll continue to draw more,” MDES Deputy Executive Director Stan McMorris said.

“This has been a highly successful partnership with Toyota,” MDES Executive Director Les Range said. “People were able to apply for these jobs from any computer with Internet access — whether that was at home, school or in our WIN Job Centers.”

In August 2010, MDES began collecting online applications for Toyota. The agency has maintained an online jobs database for years, but the partnership with Toyota is among the agency’s early ventures into allowing customers to complete job applications online.

“Making it easier to apply for more jobs, we’re expanding our online job-application offerings,” Range said. “As with our other services, accepting online applications for companies is a service we offer at no charge to businesses and job seekers.

“Job seekers can also apply for these jobs by calling 888-844-3577,” Range added.

MDES now is accepting online applications from Schulz Xtruded Products LP and Kior Inc. The agency soon will begin accepting online applications for Winchester Rimfire and others.

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