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Improving the skills of our workforce will increase the attractiveness of locating in Cook County for employers and reduce unemployment for residents. Workforce development programs prepare unemployed County residents to find and succeed in jobs that pay a living wage. Services are offered to adults at three levels. First, training may begin at the basic skills level for those who lack education or soft skills for the workplace. Second, those with basic skills may take a job specific training course. And third, those with a skill set and looking for jobs can use a variety of valuable job placement resources. Youth training is tailored to the distinct needs of this age group. The effectiveness of our workforce readiness efforts is demonstrated by the number of clients placed in full-time employment.

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