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 broaden the reach and impact of workforce development services for both employers and job seekers. As the largest non-profit 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 administers more than $300 million in federal and philanthropic funds. The Partnership’s network of more than 50 community-based organizations, 10 American Job Centers, and sector-driven workforce centers serve 132 municipalities.


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.