A supermarket in Hadfield has revealed that they received almost 400 applications for seven jobs, around three times the national average.
More than 360 jobseekers applied for the vacancies at Tesco Express, which is due to open on Station Road in early September, around 51 people for every position.
According to recruitment website Total Jobs, this year there are 18 applicants chasing each post in the UK.
High Peak Borough Councillor Victoria Mann, who represents Hadfield North, said she was not surprised by the figures, as the high demand for jobs at Tesco was representative of the current level of unemployment in Hadfield.
She said: “I think this shows that there are many people looking for work in the area, not just in Hadfield, but in Gamesley and Glossop too.
“The job seekers are keen to find work, especially in Hadfield, where we’ve lost big businesses such as Nestle, but there is a lack of jobs in Glossopdale.”
Tesco store manager, Ivan Fletcher, said his team conducted 28 interviews and successfully recruited staff from the local area to work in the new Hadfield shop.
Ivan said: “I was thrilled by the response we received to our recruitment drive. There were so many great applicants which made the decision very tough when it came to selecting the successful seven.
“My new team and I are looking forward to offering shoppers a clean bright and spacious new store with fast and friendly service. We want to make this very much a local store for local people.”
Opening hours will be seven days a week from 6am until 11pm and the store will have a cash machine, self-service tills, a National Lottery counter and a bakery.
The news comes after Derbyshire County Council released figures today that show that the unemployment rate for under 25-year-olds in the county is around twice the national average.
Cabinet member for jobs Cllr Joan Dixon said: “Youth employment is continuing to be a real problem across the country and here in Derbyshire.”