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Over 2,000 People Apply for 20 Job Openings at General Mills

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CEDAR RAPIDS - A chance at 20 job openings at a Cedar Rapids cereal factory overwhelmed General Mills with about 2,400 applicants over the weekend.

Job applicants waited in line, at times for hours, at Prairie High School's Concert Hall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The massive turnout was not a problem for the company, spokeswoman Heidi Geller said.

"Our people there were excited to see the turnout," she said.

Geller said the company, in addition to hiring for 20 openings, was also creating an applicant pool for future openings.

At 6.3 percent, unemployment levels in Cedar Rapids aren't even close to the national level of about 10 percent. The positions may have been appealing to a large number of job-seekers because they did not require additional education beyond high school, and the number of factory jobs has eroded rapidly in the current recession.

Geller would not disclose the size of the company's Cedar Rapids work force or the reason for the hiring increase, citing "competitive reasons."