06/26/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Roman Catholic Church One Of Chicago Region's Biggest Employers

The Roman Catholic Church may be a spiritual force, but it's also a staggering economic force, directly responsible for at least 75,000 jobs in the Chicago region, a new analysis found.

The Archdiocese of Chicago -- headed by Cardinal Francis George -- is the most visible Catholic institution around, overseeing hundreds of schools and parishes in Cook and Lake counties, and employing more than 17,000 full- and part-time workers, according to the most recent figures available.

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