First-ever U. of C. hiring report reveals more than $230 million in South Side salaries

The University of Chicago campus, pictured above, is responsible for putting hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy, according to a new report prepared and released by the university.

The University of Chicago campus, pictured above, is responsible for putting hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy, according to a new report prepared and released by the university.

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

The University of Chicago released a hiring report Friday, saying it pays more than $230 million in salaries to residents of the Mid-South Side alone.

This is the first hiring report in the U. of C.’s history.

Including both the school and the University of Chicago Medicine, the U. of C. employs 18,800 staff members. Of those, 11,884 reside within Chicago and one-third of its staff live within the neighborhoods of Douglas, Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park, Woodlawn and South Shore.

The data was released at a daylong conference about the university’s initiative to hire more businesses from its surrounding neighborhoods. The initiative, called UChicago Local, was launched in March.

The report said that $580 million in wages were paid to residents of the city of Chicago, where 63 percent of its staff live.

The vendors it contracts with employ 871 people who live within the city of Chicago and the university pays out $18 million in wages to those companies, including Aramark and Barnes and Noble College.

Vendors it contracts with employ 271 people who live on the Mid-South Side and it paid $6 million in wages to those employees.

Friday’s conference discussed how national trends in the workforce can affect Chicago-specific concerns.

The deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor, Chris Lu, delivered the keynote address.

Chicago Jobs Council partnered with the U. of C. to help connect low-income job seekers to open positions at the university. It also works with 741 Collaborative to help provide workforce development agencies with information on open jobs at the U. of C.

l.welbers@hpherald.com