D.C. Walmart stores get 11,000 applicants for 1,800 jobs

Thousands of Washington metro area residents are wasting no time trying to get a job at one of the District of Columbia's new Walmarts.

The Washington City Paper says that within the first week of jobs at the city's first Walmart locations being posted, the company received more than 11,000 applications.

Walmart opened two hiring centers for its stores on H Street and Georgia Avenue in late September. The nation's largest retailer decided to go ahead with plans to build six stores in D.C. after Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed the Large Retailer Accountability Act.

That legislation would have forced Walmart and other large chain stores to pay its workers $12.50 per hour, more than $4 higher than the city's normal minimum wage.

The company is hiring about 300 workers per new store, opening up approximately 1,800 positions.