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City of Philadelphia

Jobs and Training


Our mission is to provide leadership that strengthens and coordinates the City's anti-poverty efforts on behalf of its most vulnerable citizens and communities.


Our vision is a diverse, prosperous, and vibrant Philadelphia where all citizens are treated with dignity and respect — a city where the impacts of poverty are acknowledged and action is taken to support those most in need.

One in 10 Philadelphia adults is unemployed. Many lack the skills to compete for the jobs that do exist. A one-size-fits-all approach to employment will not work. More effort is needed to match potential workers with available opportunities.

Some groups face extra hurdles: in particular, single mothers and those with criminal records. Many female heads of households can’t take or hold jobs if they don’t have access to affordable childcare. For a significant number of Philadelphians, a criminal record presents a serious impediment to employment, even though the year-old “ban the box” law prohibits employers from automatically disqualifying individuals with a criminal record before considering their applications.


Using tax credits and other incentives, CEO, nonprofit partners, and key City departments will focus on attracting businesses that provide entry-level jobs and opportunities for career advancement like leisure and hospitality, healthcare, home or childcare, transportation, and warehousing. CEO will create a taskforce to increase job opportunities and training for adults who face the greatest barriers to employment, and develop new career pathways to low-skill individuals to obtain family-sustaining employment in the long-term. The implementation and effectiveness of “ban the box” legislation will be evaluated.

Signs of Success

  1. 25,000 more jobs, including 1,700 in the hospitality industry, by the end of 2015.
  2. Substantially reduced unemployment, and a narrower gap between Philadelphia’s unemployment and the national average.
  3. 100 new employment opportunities each year for low-skill workers with training and support services.
  4. Increased educational and training placement opportunities for low-income adults, including vocational literacy, life skill training, ABE/GED, ESL, and post-secondary education, particularly the number of adult learners enrolled in online workforce literacy classes.
  5. At least 50 Philadelphians employed each year through the new First Source policy that requires projects seeking public financing to hire employees from a list of qualified Philadelphians.