• In a new report, researchers from the Century Foundation and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute highlight the opportunity for manufacturers to address their talent needs by tapping into black and Latino communities experiencing high rates of joblessness.
• Many manufacturing jobs are not near the communities where there are high rates of joblessness.
• Yet more needs to be done to make manufacturing jobs accessible to communities with a lot of poverty and violence and few connections to the industry, said Joshua Brooks, a coordinator with the Young Manufacturers Association, an arm of Manufacturing Renaissance that provides a support network for people who have gone through the nonprofit’s programs.
Chicago, like other parts of the nation, is witness to two seemingly contradictory trends: persistently high unemployment in parts of its low-income communities, and thousands of job openings that employers struggle to fill. Could manufacturing be a key to bridging the gap? Read More