UPS to hire 5,000 workers in Chicago area

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The United Parcel Service (UPS) announced Wednesday it will be hiring more than 5,000 people in the Chicago area for the holiday season and beyond.

The recent openings are a combination of seasonal and permanent jobs. The shipping company is looking for 3,475 package handlers, 1,840 driver helpers and 227 delivery and tractor-trailer drivers.

UPS also said in a press release that 35 percent of people who took seasonal package handler jobs in recent years have stayed with company on a permanent basis.

You can find online applications and more information about the hiring blitz at