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Carlsbad McDonald’s: Hiring now in El Paso

By: Joshua Zuber  

CARLSBAD, N.M. -   There are two McDonald's in Carlsbad, N.M., and the franchises owner says he is having a very difficult time filling posts at his stores.     That owner said he is doing more than just putting up signs.   Steve Aragon picks up and drops off employees hes hired to work as his storesonce a week.   We drive. It's about 160 miles away, 320 miles round trip, Aragon said.   He told KFOX 14 he is looking to hire more.   We hired seven people and we're looking for another seven to 10 employees, Aragon said.   But if you live in the Sun City-- why would you want to work in Carlsbad?   Well -- if the free ride to and from work isn't enough, how about throwing in above-minimum wage pay and free housing?   Aragon says he bought two houses for his out-of-town employees.   (They) come with cable TV. They are completely remodeled (with) new carpet, all new paint. I like to think it is a little vacation for them," Aragon said.   The main reason Aragon said he's having trouble getting people to fill out an application for one of his stores is because of a booming oil and gas industry here in Carlsbad. It's hard to find good quality employees, Aragon said.   Which is a mixed blessing according to business owners like Aragon, as well as city and Eddy County officials.   Our unemployment rate is somewhere around 3 percent, Jack Volpato, Eddy County commissioner, said.   A lot of those positions still unfilled are for businesses in the oil and gas industry.   That has left the housing and rental markets flooded, according to Volpato.   Which has in turn left few vacancy signs on at area hotels because oil companies buy blocks of rooms at a time.   These are clear signs, Carlsbad officials said, that jobs are bountiful.   We've got lots of openings. And one of the biggest complaints we hear consistently from business owners and people who are looking to come into town is that we can't find workers, Carlsbad city councilor Jason Shirley said.   So, in the meantime, Aragon said he foresees many more trips between El Paso and Carlsbad-- trips he's been doing now for more than a month.   The people we get from El Paso are really motivated. What better place to look than El Paso, Aragon said. Apply online: Promo code: MCD04071C Call McDs South Carlsbad: 575-885-2856



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