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University of Chicago Says a Third of Its Workers are South Siders

By Sam Cholke | August 22, 2014 8:54am
 The University of Chicago released numbers Monday showing a third of its workforce lives in neighborhoods on the south lakefront.
The University of Chicago released numbers Monday showing a third of its workforce lives in neighborhoods on the south lakefront.
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HYDE PARK — The University of Chicago released a report detailing where in the city its employees live this week as it works to hire more qualified South Siders.

New numbers show about a third of the university’s 18,800 employees live in the lakefront neighborhoods of the South Side and estimated that wages to those employees totaled $230 million between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

Nearly two-thirds of university staff live in Chicago, according to the report, which does not include faculty.

The university estimated that $579 million in wages are paid to staff that live within the city.

Another 271 employees that work for vendors serving the campus live on the south lakefront and another 600 live somewhere in Chicago.

The numbers come as the university prepares to provide additional training for employees at the Chicago Jobs Council, which works with jobseekers on the mid-South Side.

The university will also work with the 741 Collaborative, a consortium of 10 workforce development agencies, to better locate qualified job applicants on the South Side for jobs at the university or with vendors that serve the Hyde Park campus.

“The University of Chicago is an important source of job opportunities for the community residents served by our collaborative partners, and it can also be a resource for connecting our partners to other employers within its network,” said Andre Kellum, interim executive director for the 741 Collaborative in a statement.

The data was released at the university’s Local Workforce Conference, part of U of C's effort to connect with local businesses, at the Embassy Suites, 511 N. Columbus Drive.

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