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A Philadelphia law that has been on the books three years but has not been enforced is getting some teeth. It could help Philadelphia residents find a job. 

The existing law from 2012 requires contractors to make an effort to hire Philadelphia residents when doing city funded work. City Council is moving to create a list of residents looking for work called First Source that contractors would consult when filling jobs.

Councilman Wilson Goode says the aim is to make sure Philadelphia residents benefit from government contracts.

“For projects that receive financial assistance over $25,000 there should be a list of Philadelphia residents for entry level jobs and companies that receive that assistance should draw from that list first,” he said. 

Philadelphia Works, the workforce development agency will help set up the list.

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