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Help update the WIRE Provider Directory

Organizations from across the Chicago region have recently posted new information to the WIRE Provider Directory. This free resource helps provider organizations and advocates better visualize the Chicago region’s workforce development system. Staff from organizations can easily make changes to profiles to include new or more accurate information about community areas served, target populations served, [...]

By |2013-11-18T15:21:07+00:00November 18th, 2013|Comments Off on Help update the WIRE Provider Directory

Government Shutdown and Budget Debates Affect Workforce Development Programs

The federal government shutdown and adjacent budget debates affected workforce development programs in significant ways.  In Chicago, a number of WIA-funded organizations cut back services as the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership adjusted to a lack of funding.   Individual Training Account (ITA) funding was suspended for many adults and dislocated workers in Cook County. On October 17 [...]

By |2013-10-21T11:50:10+00:00October 21st, 2013|Comments Off on Government Shutdown and Budget Debates Affect Workforce Development Programs

Unemployment Remains High in Illinois, Chicago

August 2013 unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security have been posted to the WIRE’s Unemployment Page.  These figures show little or no decline in unemployment.  What is being done in the city and state to address unemployment? DFSS service providers provide critical workforce development services to [...]

By |2013-10-09T10:12:52+00:00October 9th, 2013|Comments Off on Unemployment Remains High in Illinois, Chicago

Updated Urban Weatherization Initiative Grants Data

This past summer training and implementation grants were awarded to a number of organizations across the state through the Urban Weatherization Initiative (UWI). The UWI program was created in 2009 by the Illinois legislature in order to decrease the effect of high energy costs on low-income households, stimulate local economies, and create jobs for low-income [...]

By |2013-09-26T17:00:33+00:00September 26th, 2013|Comments Off on Updated Urban Weatherization Initiative Grants Data

DCEO Releases RFA for FY2014 JTED Grants

This week the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) released an RFA for the FY2014 Job Training & Economic Development (JTED) Grant Program. To learn more about the JTED program read the WIRE’s policy brief and view funding data from past years. Respondents to the RFA must be non-profit organizations with a local board of directors [...]

By |2013-09-19T15:26:14+00:00September 19th, 2013|Comments Off on DCEO Releases RFA for FY2014 JTED Grants

Help Update the WIRE Provider Directory!

The WIRE Provider Directory is an interactive map of over 275 employment training and service programs across the Chicago region. For organizations with existing profiles, it is important to regularly update information.  Posting information serves as free advertising and offers a great chance for users to connect with your organization. Accurate information ensures that WIRE [...]

By |2013-09-18T16:25:44+00:00September 18th, 2013|Comments Off on Help Update the WIRE Provider Directory!

Making the Case for Chicago's Workforce Services

Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services is one agency that funds providers addressing barriers to employment and career advancement for disadvantaged job seekers and low-income workers. These issue briefs explain the critical role these provider organizations play, especially for persons who are homeless, have criminal records, or are limited in English proficiency. Over 50% of DFSS workforce [...]

By |2013-08-29T10:26:55+00:00August 29th, 2013|Comments Off on Making the Case for Chicago's Workforce Services

Making the Case for Chicago’s Workforce Services

Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services is one agency that funds providers addressing barriers to employment and career advancement for disadvantaged job seekers and low-income workers. These issue briefs explain the critical role these provider organizations play, especially for persons who are homeless, have criminal records, or are limited in English proficiency. Over 50% of DFSS workforce [...]

By |2013-08-29T10:26:55+00:00August 29th, 2013|Comments Off on Making the Case for Chicago’s Workforce Services

Visit the "New" Labor Market Information Page

The WIRE's Labor Market Information page is updated periodically to include the most recent data available for workforce stakeholders. This week, check out new Illinois and Chicago employment projections from IDES.  Additionally, read about the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership's labor market analysis, which led to the decision to designate seven target industries (40 occupations) job seekers can now consider when [...]

By |2013-08-19T11:48:56+00:00August 19th, 2013|Comments Off on Visit the "New" Labor Market Information Page

Visit the “New” Labor Market Information Page

The WIRE's Labor Market Information page is updated periodically to include the most recent data available for workforce stakeholders. This week, check out new Illinois and Chicago employment projections from IDES.  Additionally, read about the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership's labor market analysis, which led to the decision to designate seven target industries (40 occupations) job seekers can now consider when [...]

By |2013-08-19T11:48:56+00:00August 19th, 2013|Comments Off on Visit the “New” Labor Market Information Page