Illinois Has an Online Job Resource

January 17, 2012

A new list ranks the best cities in America to find a job, and while many of the metropolitan areas are in the Midwest, Chicago did not make the list.

But Illinois officials want residents to know that there is an online resource to help them find jobs.

U.S. News has released The 10 Best Cities for Finding a Job with six of the 10 in a Midwest or Great Lakes state.

The magazine ranked U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of 200,000 or more while considering several factors, including unemployment rate, job diversification, educational opportunities, social programming and — here’s where we can see how Chicago was left off the list — each state government’s fiscal health.

Illinois holds the second-worst credit rating in the country right now. For that story, click this Chicago Real Estate Forum link.

But there is a resource out there that Illinois residents might not know about.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has a database where employees can list jobs and job seekers can find them.

The database includes job postings from nationwide listings as well as small businesses and companies around Illinois.

There is no charge to use the website, whether you are an employee posting an opportunity or a resident looking for one.

Visit IllinoisJobLink.gov.

Here is the list of 10 best cities to find a job, according to U.S. News, along with each one’s unemployment rate in November 2011 and that rate’s change compared to November 2010.

1. Fargo, North Dakota: 3.1  -0.5

2. Lincoln, Nebraska: 3.2  -0.4

3. Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont: 3.7  -1

4. Sioux Falls, South Dakota: 3.8  -0.8

5. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska-Iowa: 4.1  -0.5

6. Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, Louisiana: 4.5  -0.8

7. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 5.2  -1.7

8. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota: 5.1  -1.5

9. Charlottesville, Virginia: 4.6 -0.7

10. Provo-Orem, Utah: 5.4  -1.8

Illinois’ unemployment rate in November 2011 was 9.4 percent, a 0.3 percent increase from the 9.1 percent recorded in November 2010. No wonder we didn’t make the list. Our unemployment rate is moving in the wrong direction.

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