McDonalds is a popular first job for many high school kids in the United States. However, as the economy struggled in the years surrounding 2011, more and more people saw themselves in the need for an easy-to-get, low-paying job.
However, they found it was not the case during the latest recession. In a 2011 National Hiring Day, McDonalds only accepted 6.2% of people who applied. Compare that to Harvard, which accepts 7% of their applicants.