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Partnership to create transportation jobs in Chicago

Posted on December 7, 2016

A partnership with UPS will create more transportation jobs in Chicago.

UPS is looking to fill more than 3,800 part-time and seasonal jobs in the Chicago area to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. To help fill the positions, the company is partnering with the City Colleges of Chicago to host three hiring fairs on the south and west sides.

“Chicago’s workforce is the perfect match for a company that specializes in transportation and logistics,” Mayor Emanuel said. “These job fairs will connect qualified candidates from neighborhoods across Chicago with these jobs that can help prepare for a career in a flagship Chicago industry.”

UPS is planning to hire more than 3,200 part-time and seasonal positions at locations in Chicago, Palatine, Northbrook, Franklin Park, Bedford Park and Addison. The company is hiring an additional 600 permanent positions at the company’s regional facility in Hodgkins. Public transportation is available from the south side directly to the Hodgkins facility, and UPS will shuttle employees to the northern suburb locations from its facility at 1400 S. Jefferson Street.

The openings are for a combination of positions, including delivery drivers as well as entry-level package handlers and driver helpers. Many seasonal employees will have the opportunity for advancements into permanent positions following the holiday season.

Chicago’s transportation, distribution and logistics industry accounts for $22 billion in Gross Regional Product and 200,000 jobs. The industry is estimated to add 110,000 jobs over the next decade. Estimates suggest that between a quarter and a third of all freight tonnage in the U.S. originates, terminates or passes through the region. Chicago is the only city in the nation where six of the major North American railroads intersect.