For an on-the-fly read of the economy, check out the volume of job applications for flight attendant positions at Delta Air Lines.
Some 44,000 people applied for about 400 flight attendant jobs at the airline, Delta chief executive Richard Anderson told employees. That means the odds of getting a position are about 1 in 110. The airline also had 6,000 employee referrals.
In 2010, Atlanta-based Delta received more than 100,000 applications for about 1,000 flight flight attendant positions.
The airline is about to start interviewing candidates for the positions. Its own flight attendants serve on panels to screen and select the new hires.