CHICAGO (CBS) — Ernst & Young LLP will be adding 500 jobs in Chicago by mid-2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday.

“These cutting-edge jobs that will be created by Ernst & Young are the exact type of jobs that will attract and retain the best and brightest to Chicago,” said Emanuel.

“I am pleased that we are expanding our footprint in Chicago,” said Tony Anderson, Vice Chair and Managing Partner for Ernst & Young’s Midwest region.

The company will begin hiring immediately. The jobs are expected to be completely filled by June of 2012, adding to the approximately 2,000 Ernst & Young positions already in Chicago.

The positions are spread across all service areas in the company, including Assurance, Advisory, Tax and Transactions. Ernst & Young is also hiring additional support personnel, such as administrative staff.

Mayor Emanuel said this latest announcement brings to more than 8,000 the total number of new jobs for Chicago.

Previous announcements have been made with GE Capital, United Airlines, Allscripts, Walgreens, Motorola Solutions, EMC Corporation, SeatonCorp, Accenture, Ford, Merge Healthcare, and Chase bank.