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MDES Toyota Applications Top 41,000

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November 4, 2011
Jackson - 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.