NEW YORK (WPIX) -- Times are tough, so why not hit the strip club. That's what many college-educated - and recently laid off - women are doing in order to earn some extra dough in the dismal economy.

Many employers in the world of adult entertainment say the industry itself has become increasingly competitive as they have been flooded with a soaring number of applicants, many of whom used to hold white-collar jobs.

Gus Poulos, the manager of Sin City gentleman's club in Midtown, told the Associated Press in just one day he recently received over 80 responses to a job opening he posted on Craigslist.

"You're seeing a lot more beautiful women," Poulos explains, "who are eligible to do so many other things."

Sin City is not the only club in Manhattan that has seen a major increase in the number of its applicants. A spokesperson for Rick's Caberet says that 20 to 30 women a week are applying for jobs there, which is twice as many as last year's average.

It appears many of the women who decided to make the switch to adult entertainment are lured in by the promise of flexible schedules and fast cash.

Rebecca Brown, who just started stripping at a Chicago club, says she earns more in one night than she used to make in a week as a personal trainer and a bartender. Though, she says, she is still trying to adjust to her new career choice.

"It is like giving a speech," Brown told the AP. "But, instead of imagining everyone naked, you're the one who's naked."

Many women, who are thinking of striking up new careers as strippers are often worried about what others may think of their choice, but Brown has a response for all those naysayers.

"I have job security," she said.