Detroit officials to monitor Marathon's hiring

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DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit officials say they plan to more closely monitor Marathon Petroleum's hiring practices to ensure the company is making an effort to hire city residents.

Marathon got a $175 million tax break from the City of Detroit for a $2.2 billion expansion project at its refinery in southeast Detroit. The break was awarded after Marathon in 2007 appealed to City Council, pledging to recruit Detroiters for new jobs.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1gw2yuY ) Marathon employs 514 full-time workers at its refinery, up from about 320 in 2007. The newspaper says 30 are listed as Detroit residents as of January. Before the expansion, the refinery employed 15 Detroit residents.

Representatives of Findlay, Ohio-based Marathon say the company wants to hire more Detroiters but has had difficulty finding qualified job applicants.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/