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Project halfway to manufacturing jobs goal: mayor’s office

An employment campaign has reached half of its goal to place at least 1,000 people in manufacturing jobs, the mayor’s office said.

The 1000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing Campaign, launched in January 2015, is run by World Business Chicago, an organization made up of public and private sector leaders that is chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and aims to foster regional economic growth.

Emanuel’s office said 500 people have been hired for manufacturing jobs with wages averaging more than $70,000 a year.

“Chicago has long been an epicenter for manufacturing, and as the industry evolves it is essential that we connect our city’s manufacturers with the talent they need to fill positions, but also that we give our residents the skills they need to build successful and rewarding careers,” Emanuel said in a news release.

“This unique partnership between job seekers, manufacturers and workforce development organizations is a win-win for Chicago,” he added.

Overall, 165 people have received manufacturing-focused training and 500 people have been hired by 94 manufacturers, the mayor’s office said.

The campaign has raised more than $1 million in public and private contributions — including $400,000 from the city — and works with several community organizations to match residents with open jobs and training programs.

Manufacturers taking part in the 1000 Jobs campaign have more than 125 job openings. The program will be holding hiring events throughout the summer in high-demand areas. For more details visit 1000JobsCampaign.com.