Created in 2012, The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is an umbrella organization operating the public workforce system in the City of Chicago and Cook County.

The Partnership combines federal and philanthropic resources to provide comprehensive workforce development services to employers and job seekers. As the largest public workforce development system in the nation, The Partnership has helped place more than 70,000 individuals in employment; collaborated with more than 2,000 employers; and administered more than $400 million in federal and philanthropic funds. The Partnership’s network consists of of 90+ community-based organizations, American Job Centers, satellite sites and sector-driven centers, serving more than 140,000 people annually.


Every person has the opportunity to build a career; every business has the talent to grow and compete in a global economy.
To create, promote, and effectively manage a network of workforce development organizations that:
  • Design innovative solutions to address business needs; and,
  • Prepare individuals for and connect them to career opportunities.