The Illinois Department of Workforce Development has opened the job application process for new Aldi employees in Illinois.
Aldis have been accepting job applications online since the beginning of this month.
Aldermen in Illinois and elsewhere are now able to apply for jobs in Aldi’s Chicago-area stores.
The Illinois Department for Workforce Investments (IDWI) has been accepting applications for job openings in Aldis since January 1, 2018.
“We have received more than 3,200 applications to date, including nearly 400 for new positions in Chicago and other locations, with an additional 2,000 to come,” IDWI Director of Job Development Scott Wahl said in a statement.
“We look forward to working with our applicants to ensure they have the right skills to be successful in the new positions we are opening.”
“Aldi has made an enormous contribution to the Illinois economy and to the nation’s economy,” said Aldi CEO Tim Schulte.
“The company is committed to working collaboratively with the Illinois Department, state and local governments and employers to continue our impact in Illinois.”
The company has been operating in Illinois since 2001 and has nearly 6,400 stores across the United States.
In February, Aldi announced it was opening more than 700 stores across Illinois in a bid to expand its presence in the state.
The news comes as Aldi is facing a growing number of lawsuits in California and the District of Columbia related to labor violations and unfair labor practices.
More than 3 million jobs are at stake in Illinois, and the state’s unemployment rate is at 9.3 percent, according to a report released by the Center for American Progress.
Aldis’ Illinois headquarters are in the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.
According to a statement from IDWU, Aldis employees will be offered the opportunity to join a company that is committed to improving the lives of Illinoisans, the environment and to reducing health and economic disparities.
It is unclear if Aldis will continue to be an employer in Illinois after the company closes its doors.
Last month, a federal judge in Chicago temporarily blocked the state from enforcing an order that banned Aldi from opening more stores in Illinois as part of the state plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2050.
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