As part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago initiative, the CTA launched its Red Line South Reconstruction Project in May. The scope of this project was to completely rebuild the more than 10 mile stretch of the 44-year old south-bound tracks. This $425 million project was finished five months later with the hard work of many Illinois laborers.
The initiative created more than 1,500 new jobs in the Chicagoland area. Around 130 of those individuals were hired through the Workforce Investment Act, a federal program designed to provide opportunities to disadvantaged workers. Of the 130 individuals hired through the Workforce Investment Act, 17 were clients of National Able Network. Those jobs alone generated almost $3 million in wages and benefits with the hourly wages averaging $34/hour.
These projects underscore the great contributions that National Able Network’s clients make in our local economies. We have hundreds of job ready clients that help employers fill their staffing needs—whether they be large or small.