Monthly resources for a thriving
workforce and a stronger local economy. 

A Message from our President & CEO

Working the Plan


It is a new year, and while there is no denying that 2020 presented us with unprecedented challenges, with each new year, there comes an undeniable feeling of hopefulness. A hope for new opportunities, new ideas, new perspectives, and yes, even new challenges. We will use the experiences from 2020 to reassess and set new pathways forward towards a more promising and brighter future for both the residents and businesses of our region.

For Philadelphia Works, we spent much of 2020 planning and ideating around the future of work, intentionally aligning our efforts with our mission and vision for workforce:

Our Mission: Philadelphia Works develops and manages smart workforce solutions that respond to business needs and increase economic opportunity for all Philadelphia residents.

Our Vision: A thriving Philadelphia workforce, a stronger local economy.

As we continue to partner with workforce and economic leaders at local, state, and national levels, we are excited for 2021 and are set to transition from planning and ideating to implementation and testing. Be it our new learning management system that will help job seekers strengthen their skill and compete for the jobs of today and tomorrow or our new training initiative with regional partners and Prologis that is set to move 800 individuals onto career pathways towards jobs and careers in supply chain and logistics, it is sure to be a year of positive and progressive movements in our great City.

To that end, please stay connected to Philadelphia Works. We are leading a variety of exciting endeavors in workforce in the coming months. Follow us on social, browse our active newsroom, or email us and let us know how we can serve you, your business, and/or organization as we continue to respond to COVID and recharge our local economy, together.

Happy New Year,
H. Patrick Clancy
President and CEO, Philadelphia Works 

Monthly Workforce Focus

Career Pathways - Philadelphia Works

A career pathway is a series of employment and training opportunities designed to lead to a better paying job along a set career pathway. Philadelphia Works' research and data team has developed a tool that allows users to explore different pathways during their career journey. Each interactive career pathway shows key jobs within the industry, common transition opportunities, and detailed information about salaries, credentials, and skillsets.  

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Data and Trends

Increasing Inequity

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis, more than 233,000 newly unemployed Philadelphians—approximately 30% of the city’s labor force—have filed initial claims for unemployment compensation with the State of Pennsylvania. Workers across the city have experienced negative economic impacts during the pandemic. However, by their race and ethnicity, their age, their industry of employment, and where they call home, those already left out of the economic mainstream have experienced the most severe impacts. As the pandemic persists, it continues to affect specific groups within Philadelphia’s population more than others and exacerbate existing inequities.

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Opportunity Youth in Philadelphia: Demographic Trends

Defined as young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither employed nor enrolled in school, Opportunity Youth have historically been overrepresented by individuals of color and those living in poverty.

Using data from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS) microdata sample, this analysis looks to refresh our collective understanding of Opportunity Youth residing in Philadelphia. Importantly, due to the limited availability of timely data on Opportunity Youth characteristics, this analysis reflects the state of disconnected youth living in the city prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. View the full analysis here. 

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For Businesses

No Cost Business Resources & Services to Help Your Business Grow!

Develop YourTalent Pipeline – If you are looking to develop a long-term strategy to hire, grow, and retain talent, call a member of our Business Engagement Team at 215-854-1994 or email us at Learn more at or download our Business Engagement Flyer.

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For Career Seekers

Career Seeker Resource Virtual Center - PA CareerLink® Philadelphia

Meet your goals from where you are. Our online resources for career seekers can help with job search, interview readiness, career exploration, skill-building, and much more. 

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New Initiative to Train 800 Unemployed Workers for In-Demand Logistics Jobs: Enroll Now!

Philadelphia Works and regional partners, along with Prologis, open enrollment for a new training program that will skill workers for supply chain and logistics jobs

With demand for skilled logistics workers at an all-time high, training can help job candidates learn more about the industry and demystifying the activities and environments workers will experience, positioning them for success.

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ICYMI: News & Events

Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC) Institute 2021, January 26-28

Learn best practices, network, and celebrate the resilience of Philadelphia-area tradeswomen during the challenges of this past year.

  • Workshops on best practices for recruiting and retaining women, practical safety and health tips for tradeswomen, mentorship models to retain tradeswomen
  • Hear from tradeswomen about their experiences
  • Discover new resources to encourage and support more youth and adult women to build their careers in the trades in construction, manufacturing, and transit


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ApprenticeshipPHL Symposium: Apprenticeships to Promote Economic Recovery, Equity & Growth, February 1-12, 2021

You're invited to the ApprenticeshipPHL Symposium: Apprenticeships to Promote Economic Recovery, Equity & Growth from February 1-12, 2021.

Over two weeks, we'll dive into:
- why businesses should consider an apprenticeship as a pandemic recovery strategy
- how apprenticeship may be your best strategy for promoting race, equity, and inclusion
- the current state of the apprenticeship system and supports in Southeast PA and what is to come

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Southeastern PA Manufacturing Alliance (SEPMA) Awarded $250,000

On January 11, 2021, Governor Tom Wolf announced a $4.7 million award in support of job training by businesses looking to hire skilled workers. 

Read the Full Blog Post Here

Support Philadelphia Works through AmazonSmile

Support Philadelphia Works through AmazonSmile: You Shop, Amazon Gives!

Philadelphia Works is excited to announce that we are now registered as a charitable organization to receive donations through AmazonSmile! The AmazonSmile program is a simple way for PhilaWorks to secure funding in support of our mission and vision. We look forward to your support as we continue to respond to the impact of COVID-19 and recharge Philadelphia's workforce.

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Additional Workforce Resources from our Partners

Recharge & Recover PHL

Recharge & Recover PHL Preparing for Recovery The global pandemic has impacted the lives and livelihoods of individuals across the world, nation, and our region in ways both readily apparent and yet to be seen. Stay-at-home orders, historic unemployment, and civil

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Resources for businesses

This tool can help you connect with organizations that offer guidance on starting, running, and growing a business. You can:

  • Browse the list of organizations.
  • Search by address or keyword.
  • Filter your results by the type of help you need.
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Covid-19 Funding & Financial Assistance

PIDC is committed to providing resources for the region's business community during this difficult time. They understand the economic and financial strain the pandemic has had on a plethora of businesses. 

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