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Uber (UBER) - Get Uber Technologies, Inc. Report  plans to launch the Uber Works app on Friday in Chicago.

An expansion of its ride-hailing business, which employs contractors, this app matches freelancers to temporary gigs in several industries.

After Chicago, the app will open to other cities and then worldwide.

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The taxi giant said in a blog post:

We believe that finding work shouldn't have to be a job in itself. For positions as diverse as being a prep cook, warehouse worker, a commercial cleaner or event staff, Uber Works aims to make it easier to find and claim a shift. 

People in Chicago looking for temp work will have to register on Uber Works, complete an I-9 form, and pass a skills-assessment test.

Uber, based in San Francisco, will also conduct a background check on each applicant.

The company's stock closed 2.5% higher at $29.72.