As Yale University expands with the construction of two new residential colleges, the Elm City’s largest employer is pledging to fill a thousand new jobs over the next three years with New Haven residents.
"We view the employment of New Haven residents to be an integral part of our efforts to accelerate the economic development of the City," Yale President Peter Salovey said.
Yale, Unite Here Yale Unions and New Haven Works announced the employment outreach to neighborhoods with the highest unemployment and poverty rates on Friday.
“We’ve recovered somewhat from the recession,” Mayor Toni Harp said, “but there some neighborhoods where people still can’t get jobs”
It is in those communities, like the Hill, Dixwell and Newhallville, where Yale will try to help the unemployed get back to work.
The new positions will range from administrative and clerical jobs to openings in the university’s dining halls and janitorial staffs, Mayor Harp said.
Yale is cooperating with New Haven Works, an organization with the mission of ending joblessness.
“They have people now who are ready to work,” Mayor Harp said. “They’ve been screened and Yale is going to be working over the next three years to get those people employed.”
According to the U-S Census Bureau, unemployment in the Elm City is at 9 percent and one in four families live below the federal poverty line.
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