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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Ford Motor Company is making good on its promise to bring more jobs here to Louisville. They are hiring to fill hundreds of open positions and, as you can imagine, there is stiff competition.

The deadline to apply was 5 p.m. June 6, but as a sign of the economic times, the Louisville Office of Employment and Training says thousands of people lined up to apply for one of the coveted positions with the American automaker. Everyone we talked to said they're just hoping to land a job in this economy.

"It's bad," said Jaaron McAtee of Louisville as he talked about the economy. "Everybody's on unemployment. Everybody's searching for jobs. It's real bad."

All of the people applied with hopes of landing a job.

"I've definitely got a reality check," said Trashelle Brown, also of Louisville. "This definitely rough."

According to Gary Wise, operations administrator of the downtown Louisville Office of Employment and Training, more than 3,000 people have applied for these jobs since May 31. Jashua Higdon of Pekin, IN was one of them.

"I just hope I get one so I can support my family," said Higdon, who just graduated high school on Sunday. "I have a child and I need a job."

In December, Ford announced a multi-million dollar investment in its Louisville Assembly Plant, bringing the need to fill 1,800 jobs. The automaker has up to 350 Vehicle Assembly Technician positions for its Kentucky Truck Plant on Chamberlain Lane. Those positions are temporary, but that is still good news for Daronda Mendoza. She's been out of work for months.

"We've stayed with a friend for awhile," said Mendoza of Louisville. "I have 3 kids, I'm a single mom."

Mendoza was laid off from her last two jobs. She has had to work odd-jobs and try to support her family on unemployment checks.

"It's not easy. Not easy at all," Mendoza said. "It's scary. Month-to-month you don't know what you're gonna do."

Even so, some, like Trashelle Brown of Louisville, are trying to stay optimistic.

"I hope that the job market gets better soon," said Brown. "Not just for me, but for a lot of people. It's a lot of people here."

Those assembly line jobs could pay $15.15 an hour. Applicants will be chosen based on a lottery system, but there is no word on exactly when those who applied could hear back from Ford.

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- The Ford Motor Company is making good on its promise to bring more jobs here to Louisville. They're hiring to fill hundreds of open positions and as you can imagine, there's stiff competition.

The deadline to apply was 5pm Monday evening. But, as a sign of the economic times, the Louisville Office of Employment and Training says thousands of people lined up to apply for one of the coveted positions with the American automaker.

Everyone WAVE 3 talked to said they're just hoping to land a job in this economy.

"It's bad." Jaaron Mcatee, 31, of Louisville said as he talked about the economy "Everybody's on unemployment. Everybody's searching for jobs. It's real bad."

All of the people applied with hopes of landing a job.

"I've definitely got a reality check." Trashelle Brown, 22, of Louisville said "This definitely rough."

Gary Wise, Operations Administrator of the downtown Louisville office of Employment and Training said more than 3,000 people have applied for these jobs, since last Tuesday.

Jashua Higdon, 18, of Pecan, Indiana, is one of them.

"I just hope I get one so I can support my family." He said.

Higdon just graduated high school on Sunday.

"I have a child and I need a job." He said.

In December, Ford announced a multi-million dollar investment in its Louisville Plant, bringing the need to fill 1,800 jobs.

The automaker has up to 350 Vehicle Assembly Technician Positions for its Chamberlain Lane plant. Those positions are temporary.

Still, that's good news for Daronda Mendoza, 39, of Louisville. She's been out of work for months.

"We've stayed with a friend for a while." She said "I have 3 kids, I'm a single mom."

Mendoza was laid off from her last two jobs. She has had to work odd-jobs and try to support her family on unemployment checks.

"It's not easy. Not easy at all." Mendoza said "It's scary...month-to-month. You don't know what you're gonna do."

Even so, some, like Trashelle Brown, 22, of Louisville, are trying to stay optimistic.

"I hope that the job market gets better soon. Not just for me, but for a lot of people. It's a lot of people here." Brown said.

WAVE 3 is told those assembly line jobs could pay $15.15 an hour.

Applicants will be chosen based on a lottery system.

No word on exactly when those who applied could hear back from Ford.

Copyright 2011 WAVE News. All rights reserved.