Changing Workforce / Career Development

Perspective: Wanted: Workforce for 'The City That Makes Things'

By the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board

Jul 05, 2018

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A stubborn stereotype of Chicago is that it doesn’t make things anymore. It does.

Among economic sectors, manufacturing remains one of the Chicago region’s biggest employers, with a workforce of more than 363,000 in 2017. Between April 2017 and March 2018, manufacturing yielded more than 58,000 job postings, according to a new study by the Century Foundation and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute. That outpaced more than a dozen other sectors, including retail, transportation/warehousing and education.

Yes, the steel mills are gone, but “The City That Works” is still “The City That Makes.”

There’s something wrong with this picture, however. Last year in the Chicago area, there were two job openings for every hire, according to the study.

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