Word of job openings causes crush of applicants

We got another on-the-street glimpse of what a dying economy looks like today.

In Louisville, General Electric’s Appliances & Lighting unit had 480 openings and planned to begin taking applications today, calculating that it would probably have enough online applications by Friday to find 480 people to hire for a planned expansion in February.

It shut down the application process today after 1 hour when it amassed 6,000 applications.

The jobs will pay about $13 an hour.